Iowa is moving closer to a paperless system for delivering child support payments. Department of Human Services spokesman Roger Munns says the new system gives recipients two options.He says they can choose to get their money via an electronic transfer or they can get a credit card to access an account. He says one-in-five recipients now get their money via electronic transfer. Munns says recipients don’t have bank accounts and the cards give them another option.He says it’ll be like a Visa or MasterCard, and it will let them spend only the amount of money they’re due from the state. Munns says the electronic system could be in place by January.He says Iowa will be the first state to do this, although there are a couple of other states conducting pilot projects. Munns says the electronic program will save the state money.Munns says cutting checks and mailing them is costly, and they expect to save 35-thousand dollars a month when the system is in place. Munns says the system should be better for recipients as it eliminates the problem of stolen or lost checks and the electronic transfer should get the money to people sooner. Munns says approximately 90-thousand Iowans receive the payments.
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