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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.