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Is deep brain stimulation for dystonia covered by insurance?

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for dystonia received a special category of approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), called a “Humanitarian Device Exemption." In most cases, insurers cover the procedure. Some insurers may initially deny coverage but approve after an appeal. DBS for dystonia is covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

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