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Ready or not, millions of America's seniors are being pushed into the age of digital banking. Starting March 1, in a cost-cutting move by the U.S. Treasury, most Social Security checks will no longer arrive by mail. Like IRS forms and U.S. savings bonds before them, it's bye-bye paper. That means some 5 million Americans who still get a Social Security, disability or other federal benefit check in their mailbox must switch to electronic payments: either direct deposit into their bank account or onto a Treasury-issued debit card. For those unaccustomed to ATMs or online banking, the prospect is a bit unnerving.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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