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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"I don't understand...please explain it to me?" VNS Therapy for depression.

From: Herbert Stein []
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:01 AM
Subject: "I don't understand...please explain it to me?" VNS Therapy for depression.

From: Herbert Stein []
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4:53 AM
To: Madam Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; Sean Cavanaugh, CMS - Deputy Administrator & Director; Dr. Patrick Conway - Acting Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, CMS Chief Medical Officer
Subject: "I don't understand...please explain it to me?" VNS Therapy for depression.

Dear Madam Secretary Burwell,

Obama Admin Makes Insurance Companies Obey HHS Mandate, Offer Abortion Drugs for Free

"I don't understand...please explain it to me?"  Why is it that the President and Federal Government can mandate and tell the health insurers they “must” follow suit and offer abortion drugs for free and yet you and your CMS agency, for the two (2) years I’ve been writing to your predecessor and you advocating for the VNS Therapy depression patients, can’t tell all your Medicare contractors in writing to rightfully cover the care once and for all for these study subjects and patients?

While we’re on the subject of “must” how is it that the Government can tell the private health insurers what they must do when CMS tells me they have no control over private health insurers when it comes to the care of these very same VNS Therapy patients?

I constantly stand in wonderment how anything in our convoluted and bloated government bureaucracy ever gets accomplished.

Once again, please read the slogans listed below taken from your own home pages.  Is there not anyone with authority and common sense within your agencies to notify all CMS contractors and private health insurance carriers of the doctrine of “Continuity of care” and the fact this doctrine was reaffirmed for these patients in your agency’s December 30, 2014 decision?

Just what does it take to get through to you people to take effective action?




Joyce and Herbert Stein

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