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.

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Anyway, coming back to the topic, apparently, insurance too is expensive and unaffordable for most, especially for those who are self-employed like me. Also, should you be unable to work further, you could claim the insurance to keep your finances afloat. But, claiming for it can be a little hectic. Alternatively, you can enlist the help of experts, who would be able to assist you. To learn more, you can also perform an online search or ask your immediate contacts if they know anyone whom they can recommend.

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
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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