Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

CNHI/SE Iowa

March 21, 2014

Cost to live increasing in Iowa

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In Appanoose County the monthly transportation expense for a single adult, for a single parent and for a married couple with one working is $633 and for a married couple with both working it is $949.

According to the report, residents in Appanoose County can expect to pay less in two categories as compared to Iowa’s other 98 counties.

A married couple both working with two children in Appanoose County will pay $770 per month for child care. According to the report, married couples both working with two children in 68 Iowa counties will pay more and 30 will pay less than Appanoose County.

A married couple both working with two children in Appanoose County need to earn $55,630 per year to satisfy budget needs. According to the report, married couples both working with two children in 60 Iowa counties need to earn more and 38 need to earn less than Appanoose County to satisfy budget needs.

In Appanoose County the total annual budget for basic needs for a single adult is $21,982, for a single parent with one child it is $34,448, for a single parent with two children it is $44,879, for a married couple with one working and with one child it is $35,393, for a married couple with one working and with two children it is $42,595, for a married couple with both working and with one child it is $44,899 and for a married couple with both working and with two children it is $55,630.

The report contends when a family has health insurance through an employer it saves them money compared to if they had to purchase health insurance on the private market place based on 2014 rates.

Single-parent families with health insurance through an employer with one child will save based on a state-wide average $176 per month in health care costs and $265 in health care costs for the same with two children as compared to not having an employer-sponsored health insurance plan.

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