My Health Insurance Will Be Cut Off Unless I Can Raise $1,345

Mike Elk on location on a reader funded trip to Chattanooga to cover the Volkswagen union election.


Rough news, today, my health insurance company threatened to cut off my health insurance unless I came up with $1,345 for past payments by August 1st. 

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As a PTSD survivor from my experiences covering the drug war in Brasil and countless workplace death, this means that I will no longer be able to see my psychiatrist weekly. These weekly therapy sessions have helped me a great deal, but now I will be unable to afford them.  

Summer months with editors going on vacation are simply brutal for freelancers and a major investigation into a sexual assault that I pitched fell through under legal threats so now I’m broke.

It’s truly terrible that veteran labor reporters have to beg on the internet to pay their health insurance, but that’s the state of the modern journalist economy. (Nobody, but our readers really care about us as journalists).

So I need your help once again to pay the $1,345 that I “owe” the health insurance company. 

As always. I appreciate your help as readers. 

Since being fired at Politico during the union drive 4 years ago and taking them on legally, no one will hire me for anything but freelance work because they are scared I will sue. Fortunately, my readers slowly, but surely have allowed me to remain in journalism through their generous contributions.  While one contributions are great, recurring donations are even better because they create a sustainable base of paying readers.

I ask once again your help in paying this health insurance. Donate today.

Love & Solidarity, 


About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of the late Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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