On March 1, the Treasury Department will stop sending paper Social Security checks to beneficiaries. Recipients must make arrangements to receive their monthly payments electronically, either through direct deposit to a bank or credit-union, or by signing up for a Treasury Direct Express debit card. The Treasury Department says about 38,000 Social Security recipients in Nassau and Suffolk hadn't signed up to get their money electronically as of mid-January.
Those who don't make arrangements before the deadline will automatically receive a Direct Express debit card, but the Treasury Department says this could mean a delay in payments until the government sends the card.
For more information, call 800-333-1795 or go to godirect.org.