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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.