Government benefit checks going electronic

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We have a 12 On Your Side Alert for anyone who gets a benefit check from the government.

A big change is coming.

Starting next year, millions of people will no longer receive their checks through the mail.

The federal government is phasing out paper checks.

Beneficiaries will have to get payments electronically, either through direct deposit or a debit card for people without a bank account.

This affects people who get Social Security, Veterans' benefits, railroad pensions, and federal disability payments.

If this includes you, you can call 1-800-333-1795 or go to for more details.

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