The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a $67,850 software and training package for the public health nurse office.
Kim Rupp, director, and Kristin Cedar, RN, were present to discuss the need for an upgrade of the old system through a system provided by Care Facts.
The software total is $45,350 and the implementation and training total is $22,500. It was noted that some expense may be saved by sharing training sessions with Buena Vista County which is getting the same system.
Mark Buschkamp, director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, notified the board that the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) has scheduled a Northwest Iowa meet with legislators day for Feb. 27.
Buschkamp noted that this is well into the legislative session and he would prefer that the county still observe its own day to visit the capitol on Jan. 16.
The supervisors agreed that the county should have its own capitol visit and noted that past trips on behalf of the county had impressive participation and tangible results.
Kristin Cedar suggested that the supervisors consider offering a financial incentive for employees to opt out of the health insurance coverage.
Some county employees qualify for insurance coverage under a spouse's plan but continue to have health insurance through the county because it is a benefit provided.
The county pays for single coverage for employees at $438.63 a month or an equivalent amount toward family coverage.
Cedar suggested that the county paying half of that amount or even less for employees to opt out of the health insurance would be beneficial to every one.
Terry Graybill, supervisor, said that the plan might not have the financial benefit expected since having a smaller number in the group plan could result in a higher rate per employee.