Roger Anderson, former Emmet County, Iowa supervisor, recently pleaded with local legislators to maintain the Iowa Senior Living Trust, which he claims helps 16 agencies across the state, the Estherville Daily News reports.
According to the news source, Anderson reportedly asked Senator Jack Kibbie and Representative John Wittneben to preserve the $390,000 grant. Kibbie has previously said that "the thought is it's going to go."
Anderson said that the 16 agencies assisted by the grant are considering consolidating to just five. Wittneben explained that the decision on the grant was just one aspect of the potential changes to the local healthcare system.
"Mental health, there's a lot of talk about revamping the whole system," Wittneben said.
Wittneben previously served on the Estherville, Iowa city council, while Kibbie was elected in 2008 to his seventh term in the Iowa Senate, according to his website. Kibbie has also served in the Iowa House and on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board during his career, the website said.