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Help With Important Social Security Changes

If you are receiving a social security check every month, you need to be aware of some changes that go into effect on March 1st. You have only two choices to choose from:

If you have not signed up for AUTOMATIC DEPOSIT of your monthly check into your bank account, then Social Security will be sending you a DEBIT card in March for March’s payment. (This debit card looks like a credit card so don’t throw it away!) Your monthly money will be loaded onto this card every month and you can spend it by presenting your debit card at stores, groceries, etc. If you need a sum of cash from it, you will be able to use an ATM to get some cash from the card. There will be a service charge deducted from your account every time you use that card at an ATM. If you lose the card, the Social Security office will charge you to replace it and your payments will be delayed while that replacement is being done.

Your other choice is to sign up for Automatic Deposit into your personal bank account. You can do this yourself online with a computer or go to your bank and have them do it for you. According to social security, it can take up to 6 weeks to get your account set up with the social security office, so don’t put this off any longer.

If you have not made this change yet, you can go to your bank to do it or you can come to the Activities Center in L.L. Burns Park on Thursday, February 14th between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The two banks will be on-hand to make these changes for you. You must bring your identification, your last Social Security check stub and the account number where you want the check deposited. Representatives from Community Bank and Heritage Bank will be there to make those changes for you. All retirees from Kingston Springs or Pegram areas are welcome to take advantage of this outreach service.

There is no charge to have this done. You are urged to make changes as soon as possible. You can take advantage of this free service on the 14th at the Activity Center. Come by and enjoy a visit and some refreshments and take care of business at the same time. Or visit your bank and make the changes to your account.

Already made those changes? Parks Director Brandy Miniat says to come by anyway that day and just “hang out”. There’s a jig saw puzzle table that needs some work or bring your yarn and sit and visit. All area seniors over age 60 are welcome.

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