By pushing uneasy seniors into digital banking, we could be paving the way for more fraud — and wasted taxpayer dollars. More importantly, the switch could mean a lapse in benefits — a devastating consequence for those living paycheck to paycheck.
Congress should act now with legislation directing the U.S. Treasury to continue providing paper checks to beneficiaries who need them. We need to equip seniors and disabled Americans with a choice that works for them instead of forcing them into a system that’s convenient for the government.
John Runyan is executive director of Consumers for Paper Options in Washington, D.C.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.