March 1 Deadline for Switching Benefit Payments to Electronic Payments

The National Center for Assisted Living has asked that we remind our assisted living members that residents who receive a paper check for Social Security or other federal benefit payments must switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013.  These changes apply to federal benefit payments from the following federal benefit agencies:

  • Social Security Administration, including Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments
  • Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Railroad Retirement Board
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of Labor (Black Lung)

VCAL (Virginia Center for Assisted Living) encourages members to make it a priority to inform residents that they are required by law to make the switch before time runs out.  Federal benefit check recipients can sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at 800.333.1795, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.  Wait times are usually minimal, but could increase closer to the deadline.  For direct deposit, they can also sign up online at which has all the resources necessary for helping and encouraging residents to make the switch.  Residents can also visit their local bank or credit union.  Urge your residents and other federal benefit check recipients to call now to avoid long waits.