Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prohibit ATM fees on EPPICards, reloadable debit cards which are methods of receiving child support payments.
The new law will ensure that children receive the support and care they deserve, according to a press release from the governor's office.
“Child support is intended to make sure that our state’s youngest residents have access to the food, clothing and housing they need,” Quinn said. “Those funds should go toward care for the child, not bank fees. Protecting withdrawals on these cards means that parents can access the funds they are entitled to without burdensome fees.”
Senate Bill 640 allows consumers to access these child support funds through an ATM without incurring additional fees. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services offers EPPICards to individuals receiving child support payments who do not use banking services, allowing individuals to access child support funds electronically. EPPICards help consumers avoid check cashing fees and provides protection from theft or fraud. The law is effective July 1, 2015.