HANCOCK COUNTY, Iowa- Hancock County is feeling the affects of high health insurance costs siting that the veterans affairs director resigned earlier this year.
Jeryy Tlach, a Hancock County Supervisor says the position has always been part time, as well as many other counties of similar size.
Tlach says early this year they approved the budget and then heard the concern from the VA Commissioners Office that the VA Director wanted to go full-time. He says they worked out the situation the best they could increasing the hours of the director to 28, but he says that wasn’t enough to afford healthcare.
“We can’t do it right now, maybe next year’s budget,” Tlach says. “We told the commissioners office to come back in December or January to talk to us, but for this budget year it wasn’t budgeted in.”
Tlach says the Worth County director is currently working in the Hancock County office.