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Child support checks give way to debit cards in Missouri.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The child support check is giving way to payments delivered directly to debit cards in Missouri.

The new debit cards began going out in August to residents in Cole County, and the switch from paper checks should be complete statewide by November, concluding with St. Louis.

Officials with Missouri's Family Support Division believe the new SecuritE Card cards will save the state about $2 million under a recently renewed contract with Carrollton, Ga.-based Systems and Methods Inc.

About 180,000 people received paper child support checks during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That includes about 70 percent of the payments; the other 30 percent were made by direct bank deposit, an option that will remain available.

The debit cards can be used to withdraw cash at ATMs or to purchase items at businesses that accept MasterCard, but cannot be used to directly deposit money into a bank, according to officials of the Family Support Division.
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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