There is a fourth way that beneficiaries of government programs such as Social Security or Medicaid, among others, could receive the money from the second direct payment. Read on to learn what it is.
Beneficiaries of programs such as Social Security and Medicaid, among others, could receive the second stimulus check on the same card in which government authorities send them federal aid regularly, which is known as Direct Express®.
The Direct Express® is a prepaid debit card for recipients of federal benefits and works in a similar way to the prepaid debit cards that the Department of the Treasury sends to some 8 million people, although it is not exactly the same.
Basically, it is a payment option whereby the corresponding agencies electronically send the funds to the beneficiaries without the need for a paper check.
“When you sign up for your federal benefits on the Direct Express® card, you will receive your payment each month without having to worry about cashing your check, or fear that it will be lost or stolen. Instead of receiving a check, your money will be automatically deposited into your Direct Express® card account on payday. You can use your card to make purchases at stores that accept the MasterCard® debit card, withdraw cash at ATMs, or make cash withdrawals when making purchases. You can also use your debit card online to make payments and to buy money orders at the US Post Office, ”says the website usdirectexpress.com.
“The debit card (Direct Express®) offers the ease and security of using electronic operations to spend and access your money instead of using cash for purchases. You do not need a bank account to enroll and get the card. There is no credit check or minimum balance requirement, ”they add on the website.
Agencies such as the Social Security Administration (SSA) have already included notifications on their website alerting beneficiaries that they could receive the second stimulus check in their “Direct Express®.
If you received the first check using a non-Direct Express debit card, you may receive a new card in the mail with the funds from the second check.
The IRS, which leads the first and second round stimulus check distribution process, has indicated that most recipients of Social Security programs, railroad retirees, and those who receive funds from veterans, would automatically receive payments unnecessarily. to do additional paperwork.