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Changes coming for those receiving unemployment benefits

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MID-MICHIGAN (WNEM) -

Could a change to the state unemployment program end up hitting recipients where it hurts most? On Monday, funds began being loaded onto the debit cards of a bank that's leaving Mid-Michigan.

The state made the switch from JP Morgan Chase to Bank of America. As TV5 reported back in April, most the Bank of America locations here in Mid-Michigan will soon become Huntington Banks.

Kurt Weiss is a spokesperson for the state department of technology, management and budget.
He insists the switch is a good thing.

"We had some fees attached to the old Chase deal but with the new deal those fees are waived so its a good deal for the users of the cards because they don't have to pay those surcharges anymore," says Weiss.

So how will this impact those with the new unemployment debit cards? Also, where will cardholders be able to withdraw their cash?

"It really won't impact those folks because the cards will still work at what we call the All-Point ATMs and those atms are all across Saginaw and Mid-Michigan. They'll work at 7-11 locations, Kroger and Target," says Weiss.

If you use an unemployment debit card, you will not have to visit a Bank of America branch.

Weiss says there's another benefit of the deal, it's saving the state money.

The state says about 35-percent of people who collect unemployment benefits use the debit card. The rest use direct deposit.

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