VNS Therapy for Depression

From: Herbert Stein []
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2014 10:43 AM
To: Madam Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
Subject: VNS Therapy for Depression

Dear Madam Secretary Burwell,

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of a forthcoming presentation by a distinguished psychiatric professional Dr. Scott Aaronson relating to Neurostimulation for Mood Disorders.

I do so in the hope that you would instruct your professional staff within CMS to attend doctor Aaronson’s lecture in the hope they might better educate themselves as to the seriousness and life threatening illness of MDD (Major Depressive Disorder).  At the same time I would also hope that they could come away with a far better understanding as to the dire need for newer treatment options for these patients simply because the conventional therapies costing this country trillions of dollars are ineffective for this patient population.

With that said, I am once again appealing not only to your heart but rational judgment to issue a “Compassionate Use” document for all those VNS Therapy Depression patients already implanted and in dire need of health insurance coverage to maintain their wellness.



Joyce and Herbert Stein

1008 Trailmore Lane

Weston, FL 33326-2816

(954) 349-8733




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About vnstherapy

I'm a very, very long-time support person and health care and mental health advocate/activist for my spouse Joyce as well as to others. I'm also a retired business executive and former Board Member, President and facilitator of a local chapter of DBSA as well as a Florida State appointment as a Guardian Advocate. I do not endorse, promote or advertise for any therapy, product or company. I do share our personal experiences, my research and knowledge in the hope it might benefit someone or do I give advice as to what one should or shouldn't do. I extend my best wishes for wellness to one and all and all the good you’d wish for yourselves.
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