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What government benefits can you receive on an EDD debit card?

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The Employment Development Department debit card that is used in the state of California allows users to receive unemployment benefits, family medical leave benefits and disability insurance payments, notes CA.gov. As of 2015, the cards are Visa debit cards that are supported by Bank of America and are good for three years before expiring.

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EDD cards are used by the state of California in order to assist people who do not have bank accounts and to also help reduce the need to obtain and track bank account information for people using the program. If users receiving benefits do wish to have the money directly deposited into their checking or savings accounts, then they need to contact Bank of America once they have their EDD cards and set up the transfer from the card to the bank account of their choice.

The cards work just like standard debit cards. They can be used to pay bills with the benefit money from unemployment, disability or family medical leave. There are very few fees associated with the card, states CA.gov. Users can withdraw money at Bank of America ATMs, pay bills, perform balance inquiries, have their cards replaced and check their accounts online for free as of 2015.

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