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    Hi everyone,

    I’m new to TMS and i obviously haven’t started it, but I’ve suffered from depression since my teens, I’m 29 now. My latest psychiatrist has put me on Prozac (for an entire year) but I haven’t improved at all. He added Wellbutrin, which I’ve also tried several years ago to no avail. I feel like life is going to pass me by and I’ll never be well enough to support myself and live independently. I heard about TMS and want to give it a shot since these medications aren’t doing much and I don’t really have the energy or motivation to somehow try and find a good psychiatrist on Medical. It’s already been such a long road. I’m currently on Medi-cal in California and I read that medi-cal doesn’t cover it, but can they if I really push it? I’m not sure how it works. If there is really no possible way, does anyone know if I can get it covered with Kaiser Insurance? My mother has offered to help me pay for better insurance with Kaiser but it’s hard to tell if I can get TMS covered. If anyone has found a way to get TMS fully covered, please share. I only have $100 to my name because of what depression has done to me… I’ve never had 10k in my life.



    Hi Noelle,

    From my understanding, Medi-Cal will not cover TMS under any circumstances. However, I have recently discovered that some Medi-Cal plans are able to cover TMS if they have another policy attached. For instance, sometimes people will be on Medi-Cal, but also have a plan through Blue Shield. The question to ask yourself is: do you have more than one insurance card? If you do, you might be able to get TMS covered.

    Regarding Kaiser – it depends where you’re located and if a Kaiser near you is doing TMS. I have heard that certain private clinics are able to get Kaiser to cover TMS since they don’t do it themselves.

    If you are in the LA area, you can always give my clinic call and we can try to help you navigate the insurance portion of treatment.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.


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