GeorgiaCares encourages seniors to "Go Direct" with direct deposit

ATLANTA, GA – More seniors could be benefiting from direct deposit by allowing their Social Security checks to go directly to the bank, according to GeorgiaCares, a program of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services (DAS). As part of the national “Go Direct” campaign initiative to promote financial independence for seniors in Georgia, GeorgiaCares will be working with Georgia’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging to host events and distribute information informing people who receive federal benefits about the many advantages of direct deposit. Go Direct is sponsored by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Banks.

“We believe direct deposit can help improve the quality of seniors’ lives," said Maria Greene, director of DAS. “That’s why GeorgiaCares is joining other local agencies, financial institutions, and community-based organizations in the Go Direct campaign to encourage people to switch to direct deposit and to educate seniors about the benefits.”

For people who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other benefits, direct deposit is simply the best way to get their payments. Direct deposit eliminates the risk of lost or stolen checks, reduces fraud and gives people more control by providing
immediate access to their money from virtually anywhere. It also saves taxpayer dollars. If the more than 150 million checks mailed out each year were converted to direct deposit, it would save taxpayers approximately $120 million.

The GeorgiaCares Program provides community education, counseling, and information about Medicare and other health insurance, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Prescription Assistance Programs, long-term care services and financing options, and consumer healthcare rights and protection. For more information, call 1-800-669-8387.

To find out more about Go Direct, or to sign up for direct deposit of federal benefits, visit their websites at (English) or (Spanish), or call 1-800-333-1795 (English or Spanish).

For information, contact
Edna Jackson