Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:56 AM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Feb 13, 2013 12:04 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - For 284,000 seniors in Texas, direct deposit is about to become their only option for receiving money that is critical to them each month.
But for some in that age group, navigating the digital world can be difficult.
"It comes every month," Hortencia Casas said about her monthly benefits, "I don't know what date."
But she does know to check her mailbox monthly for desperately needed benefits that come in the form of a check every month.
She says the old trusted way has never been a problem.
"Have you ever not received a check," we asked. "no," Casas replied, "I always get it."
So, changing things up will be a challenge for her. By next month she has to sign up for direct deposit or debit card benefits.
Fortunatly for her, she has a daughter-in-law who is very helpful. "She takes care of all my papers and everything," Casas said.
At the Greenwood Senior Center, we found that she's really not the norm. Zavala Senior Center also reports most their seniors are already receiving benefits electronically.
We asked a room full of seniors if they were concerned about going digital. All of them already receive their checks electronically, in fact they say, its just easier that way.
"All the time I've had direct deposit at the bank," Pedra Rodriguez told us.
Armando Guerrero has had direct deposit since his working days at the Army Depot. "You don't have to worry about it being stolen from the mailbox or anything, so it won't get stolen," he said.
Casas has only been going to the center about two weeks, but for the regulars and even the new clients, Benefits Counselor Sonia Garza says they are there to help. "We usually try to help them get set up on all that on the onset," Garza said.
For Casas, the idea of not having to make that monthy trip to the bank is a benefit she looks forward to.
"I just make a check and pay whoever I have to pay," Casas said.
Seniors must switch to direct deposit by March. They can set up direct deposits online at the social security website or by calling (800) 772-1213.
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Look at photos and videos and share them!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
See the latest winning numbers!
|6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
|FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more