Message for Stephen J. Hemsley – CEO, United Healthcare

From: Herbert Stein [mailto:fabrik@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 4:06 AM
To: Stephen J. Hemsley – CEO, United Healthcare; Madam Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; Sean Cavanaugh, CMS – Deputy Administrator & Director
Subject: VNS Therapy for Depression…

Dear Mr. Hemsley,

I had to get this quick note off to you because I just received this past evening an email from a husband seeking information and help from me for his wife.  In his brief note to me he says,

“As I said earlier she had the VNS implanted and the changes in her were amazing, she went from a person unable to hold down a job to a person able to achieve anything she has attempted.  She decided she felt well enough to attempt returning to college and has since received her degree has a Registered Nurse.”

I haven’t yet made contact with the gentlemen as I didn’t read his message until a little while ago but I certainly know who to write to and who could quickly remedy this couples problems.

Maybe you didn’t read the latest news although I informed you in a previous communication. 

Cyberonics Provides Update On Departmental Appeals Board Decision Regarding Coverage Of VNS Therapy® System In Treatment-Resistant Depression

HHS and CMS are going to cover all the Medicare/Medicaid patients implanted prior to May 4, 2007.  You guys are quick to have denied coverage based upon that decision so why is it that your company is not complying with this newer decision.  Don’t you have a conscience?  Don’t you think it is the morally correct thing to do that is to take care of your insured?  Those patients wishing to continue the therapy are benefiting from the therapy by maintaining their wellness and reducing the costs to you and the other insurers.  This therapy long ago is no longer “experimental” for these people.  It is truly an effective therapy like no other.  I’m sure as CEO you’re capable and/or your voluminous staff of crunching numbers.  These patients are saving your company money.  Contrary to your hack consultant’s opinion, Dr. Amy Schneider, whose name could easily be substituted for Dr. Tim Jack in Correspondent Scott Pelley’s reporting of December 14, 2014 entitled “Denied”.  Your consultant doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about as I’m sure she’s never examined any of these patients.  Also of interest she writes opinions on cancer treatments.  What a sad joke in my opinion and a practice Pelley rightfully exposed in his reporting.

Don’t you think it time to have some compassion and finally do the right thing and approve care and replacement therapy for your private pay patients too?

Sincerely,

Herb

Joyce and Herbert Stein

1008 Trailmore Lane

Weston, FL 33326-2816

(954) 349-8733

vnsdepression@gmail.com

http://www.vnstherapy-herb.blogspot.com

http://www.vnstherapy.wordpress.com

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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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