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The Associated Press reports that anyone who goes on Social Security or receives federal benefits after May 1, 2011, will get those benefits after that date either via direct deposit or a debit card - and no longer will receive paper checks.

The story notes that people already on Social Security will not have to make the switch until March 2013.
KC's View:
Yet more evidence of ways in which the world is changing...and I have to wonder if indeed we might be heading toward making a decision like that already made in UK, where in just a few years the use of checks will be banned.

I’ve always been dubious about the ability of the US to make such hard choices that will be unpopular in some circles - especially since there are Senators working on committees responsible for the nation’s financial services system who have gone on record as having rarely or never used ATM cards.

But old world systems are going away.