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Council letter to the editor appears in Boston Globe

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes wrote a letter to the editor in response to a February 18 Boston Globe article detailing Philadelphia Insurance denying two Council members, Bay Cove Human Services and Victory Programs, insurance claims. The letter was published on Monday, February 23 in The Boston Globe.

Continue below to read the full letter.

The Providers' Council continues to monitor the issue. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Yelenak at bill@providers.org or 617.428.3637 x 122.

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Centers had no control over closing of bridge

We at the Providers’ Council, the statewide association of health and human service agencies, were surprised and disappointed to learn that Philadelphia Insurance Cos. unfairly denied claims by agencies who provided critical services to some of the state’s most vulnerable residents on Long Island (“For drug centers, no relief,” Business, Feb. 18).

These nonprofit, community-based organizations were not responsible for maintaining a bridge connecting Long Island to the mainland. Their job was to provide essential rehabilitation services for the Commonwealth’s residents. Human services nonprofits have no control over a bridge’s condition, and thus it is unreasonable for an insurance company to deny a claim because the business interruption policy does not include bridge wear and tear.

Unfortunately, the biggest victims of this tragic event are the clients who will not receive appropriate treatment now that these facilities have closed. More than 160 treatment beds — about half of which were dedicated exclusively to women — have been lost, and none have been relocated or reopened since. Those beds dedicated to women represented 70 percent of the women’s-only recovery home treatment programs in Boston.

We need these programs more than ever, especially when the state saw more than 170 opioid-related deaths in the last two months of 2014. We are encouraged to learn that Attorney General Maura Healey is reviewing this matter. We urge Philadelphia Insurance Cos. to reconsider its decision.

Michael Weekes
President and CEO
Providers’ Council
Boston