Letter to the Editor

Resolve the Unpaid Claims

Dear Editor,

About two and a half years ago, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, the consequences of the widespread damage from the storm remain unresolved. The third most costly hurricane in U.S. history, Hurricane Maria caused more than $100 billion in damage in Puerto Rico.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans, many of whom have joined our community right here in Chelsea, find themselves fighting large insurance companies that have adopted a strategy of routinely underpaying their policyholders. Individuals, private businesses, and the Puerto Rican government alike rely on the necessary funds to rebuild their lives after tragedy. MAPFRE, the largest property and casualty insurer in Puerto Rico, is responsible for many of these unpaid claims, including those belonging to the Department of Corrections and numerous Puerto Rican condominiums with tens of thousands of residents. It is estimated that MAPFRE has only paid 20% of the amount it owes to the residents Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria.

MAPFRE has its North American headquarters in Webster, MA. It is up to us to raise awareness of this issue and to demand that MAPFRE fairly resolve the unpaid claims.

The Chelsea School Committee members

Kelly Garcia 

Jeanette Velez

Yessenia Alfaro 

Lucia Henriquez

Ana Hernandez 

Marisol Santiago 

Roberto Jimenez Henry

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