Health Care Gains Not Felt Equally

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piles of pamphlets about changes to the CHP health care plan

Although our agitation brought improvements to the Consolidated Health Plan (CHP), the University increased the cost of premiums to protect their bottom line at the expense of students. This has hurt many at Hopkins who must pay for their premiums out of pocket. Improvements in other aspects of health care, such as mental health care, are still needed. TRU will keep organizing until there is affordable, accessible, and comprehensive coverage for all. The JHU News Letter published an article in which one of our members was interviewed on the topic.

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Grad Organizing Works

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As we’ve seen with the recent victories in health care and parental leave, only by mobilizing graduate workers for direct action can we achieve concrete improvements to our working conditions. TRU members Peter Weck and Diego Gelsinger published an op-ed in the JHU News-Letter recounting how we were able to achieve these victories. They argue that we must continue to pursue collective action and encourage other grad workers at Hopkins to join the movement.

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TRU Member Points Out Flaws in CHP Health Care

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A member of TRU was interviewed in a recent Hopkins News-Letter concerning the Hopkins CHP health care plan which effects graduate students in Krieger, Whiting, and the School of Education. She said, “In general, these high co-pays and high deductibles are very problematic for graduate students because we do not really have a considerable income. … We live on a stipend that is okay enough to have a modest kind of living. There‚Äôs a lot of students who just avoid seeking medical care if they have issues because they cannot afford those kinds of expenses.”

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