Unemployment benefits moving from checks to debit cards
Beginning in December, Nevadans receiving unemployment benefits will get their weekly money on a debit card rather than a paper check.
The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation is converting the system saying it will not only save the state money but improve service to the recipients.
In the existing system, the state prints and mails 800,000 checks to more than 120,000 recipients every year.
Program Administrator Cynthia Jones said the state will save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
And she said since it’s not necessary to have a bank account to use the debit card, those who don’t have a bank account will no longer have to pay fees to cash their checks.
Those receiving benefits will be able to access their money through ATM machines statewide and, in fact, nationwide, she said. They can make two free withdrawals per month from any Wells Fargo ATM and use the debit card at all merchants who accept credit cards and unlimited cash back from a teller at any bank displaying a VISA acceptance mark.
The division has already begun mailing recipients notifications explaining the program, including how to opt out for those who would prefer to continue receiving paper checks.