Health care workers, contractors and others who use paints, brushes, and other products to paint their homes and offices are being hit hard by rising health care costs, according to a new study.
In a study released Tuesday by the Commonwealth Fund, about a third of workers in paint, brush and other paint products, or nearly 8 million people, would be forced to pay more for their products as a result of rising costs.
About a third would pay $2.25 or more per gallon of paint, the study found.
The other two quarters would pay at least $1.30 per gallon.
The cost of a gallon of paints is higher in the South, where workers in Georgia and Louisiana have the highest costs, at $4.90 per gallon, compared with $2 per gallon in the Midwest, where people in Pennsylvania and Michigan have the lowest costs.
But in other parts of the country, workers in the Northeast and Midwest have lower costs than workers in Texas, where prices are lower.
About 2.7 million people in the U.S. would have to pay $4 or more a gallon to make up for the costs of their paint, according the study.
About 1.5 million people would have $2 or more to cover the cost of their brushes, which would be less expensive to use but would require a higher price tag for consumers.
About 1.3 million workers would have had to pay about $1 a gallon more than they would otherwise have to to make a dent in their health care bills, according in the report.
The study also found that about 1.2 million workers who rely on their own personal paints, such as paint cans, would have a higher overall cost, at about $4 per gallon per worker.
About 4.2 percent of workers used a paint can to make their home and workplace, the report found.
The Commonwealth Fund study was based on data from the National Health and Social Care Survey conducted in 2013-2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U!
News Health and Human Services and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
It is part of the Kaiser Health News Network’s Health Care Cost Index, a monthly analysis of health care expenses by the health care industry.
More than 30 states surveyed by the researchers estimated the cost to make paint or other products.
More than a quarter of states surveyed in New Jersey, Illinois and North Carolina had health care expenditures exceeding $100 billion per year.
In Texas, the state with the highest health care spending, the median costs of paint were $4 a gallon.