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Independence associate and substance use disorder advocate Patrick Flynn to attend State of the Union

By January 31, 2020July 9th, 2020Company Updates
Image of Independence Blue Cross associate, Patrick Flynn, speaking on stage about his recovery journey

Independence Blue Cross associate, Patrick Flynn, on stage speaking about his recovery journey.


Flynn will be the guest of U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean

Patrick Flynn, Government Affairs specialist at Independence Blue Cross, is the invited guest of United States Representative Madeleine Dean at the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on February 4. Flynn is an activist for awareness for substance use disorders and has been in recovery for more than five years.

Flynn is also an advocate for Someone You Know, an associate group at Independence Blue Cross that is working to break the stigma of addiction and raise awareness about the effects of addiction at work as well as at home.

One of Rep. Dean’s top priorities in Congress is combating the opioid crisis, which claims over 4,000 lives a year in Pennsylvania.

“Patrick has been a leader and inspiration in our company’s efforts to end the stigma associated with substance use disorder, through his work with our Someone You Know campaign and associate support group,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross CEO. “By courageously sharing his personal recovery story, he has motivated others to come forward and ask for help and understanding. We are pleased that Representative Dean has recognized him to help highlight her laudable commitment to ending the opioid epidemic.”

In 2019, Caron Treatment Centers recognized Flynn with its Unsung Hero for his efforts to raise awareness about substance use disorders.


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