Veterans Affairs Medical Centers & Military Treatment Centers

Thank you, Veterans and Active Military Personnel, for your service and dedication to our country. Your sacrifice entitles you to the latest treatment options available for obstructive sleep apnea, including Inspire therapy. Inspire therapy is on the Federal Supply Schedule, making it available at qualified VA Medical Centers and Military Treatment Centers across the United States.Below you will find information on insurance coverage for Inspire therapy, how to find a VA Medical Center or Military Treatment Center that offers Inspire therapy, and how to talk to a veteran who uses Inspire therapy.


To speak with Inspire’s dedicated VA Patient Liaison

– via Phone: 1-800-739-6805

– via email: [email protected]

Coverage for Inspire Therapy

If you are a Veteran, you are eligible for care at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. If you are an active duty member, family of an active duty member enrolled in TRICARE, a retiree, family member of a retiree who is enrolled in TRICARE, or an otherwise eligible person, you may also have the opportunity to access Inspire therapy through a Military Treatment Facility. TRICARE utilizes military health care resources and supplements them with networks of civilian health care providers. If you are a TRICARE member, Inspire therapy will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis. Your Inspire physician will first confirm you meet the candidacy requirements, then we will work on your behalf for insurance coverage.

Finding a Center that Offers Inspire Therapy

Below you will find a list of VA Medical Centers and Military Treatment Centers that currently offer Inspire therapy. This list will be added to each time a new facility is trained in the procedure.

Inspire Therapy is Currently Offered at the Following Facilities:

Alabama

Birmingham VA Medical Center

700 19th St S
Birmingham, AL 35233

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California

Sacramento VA Medical Center

10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655

Dr. Scott Fuller

Dr. Rishi Gupta

Dr. Kimberly Hardin

(916) 843-2747

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VA Long Beach Healthcare System

5901 E 7th St,
Long Beach, CA 90822

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VA Northern California Health Care System

10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655

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VA West Los Angeles Medical Center

11301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90073

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Florida

James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

13000 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33612

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Miami VA Healthcare System

1201 Northwest 16th Street
Miami, FL 33125

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Maryland

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

8901 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, Maryland 20889

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Michigan

John D Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center

4646 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Dr. Ho-Sheng Lin

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Minnesota

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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Ohio

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

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(513) 861-3100 ext: 6619

 

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

10701 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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(216) 453-0779

 

Texas

San Antonio Military Medical Center

3551 Roger Brooke Dr
San Antonio, TX 78219

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(210) 740-0272

 

South Texas VA HCS: Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital

7400 Merton Minter Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78229

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(210) 920-6150 ext: 14714

 

VA North Texas Health Care System

S Lancaster Rd,
Dallas, TX 75216

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Washington DC

Washington DC VA Medical Center

50 Irving Street NW
Washington, DC 20422

Dr. Jessica Maxwell

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Wisconsin

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

5000 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53295

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(414) 384-2000 ext: 43377

Veteran’s Choice Program

If there is not a center near you, you can utilize a program called the Veteran’s Choice Program. The Veteran’s Choice Program allows you to receive health care within your community. Using this program does not impact your existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.

You are eligible for the Program if you:

If you experience an issue getting to this treatment and you live more 40 miles from a VA medical facility or have travel burdens, call                1-866-606-8198 to discuss your eligibility for the Veteran’s Choice Program.  The representative will ask you for the name of your preferred community physician. Unfortunately, not all physicians will be eligible to participate in the Veteran’s Choice Program, so if your preferred physician is not available, the representative will recommend other physicians in your area.

If you have been waiting more than 30 days for care, call 1-866-606-8198 and staff there will connect you with a VA partner to help set up an appointment.

For more information on the Veteran’s Choice Program, please visit https://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/.

 

Talk to a Veteran about Inspire Therapy

Inspire Therapy Patient Ambassadors are volunteer Inspire patients who are available to have one-on-one conversations with you and your loved ones about their experience with Inspire. If you would like to speak to an ambassador with previous military experience, please read their biographies below and send an email to the Ambassador of your choice. They will be in touch with you shortly.

 

Dan M, 53

I was born in Lakewood, Ohio which is a suburb of Cleveland. I retired from the United States Navy in 2010 with 23 years as a Chief Petty Officer. I am currently working at the Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, IL. I live in Pleasant Prairie, WI with my wife Barbara. We have been married for 23 years and have two children and one grandchild.

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Brief Bio:

I was born in Lakewood, Ohio which is a suburb of Cleveland. I retired from the United States Navy in 2010 with 23 years as a Chief Petty Officer. I am currently working at the Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, IL. I live in Pleasant Prairie, WI with my wife Barbara. We have been married for 23 years and have two children and one grandchild.

Interests:

I have been a youth baseball coach for over 20 seasons. I currently coach a 17U travel team. I am the Quartermaster/Adjutant of VFW Memorial Post 7308 Pleasant Prairie, WI and Adjutant of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 20, Kenosha, WI.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

I was diagnosed with OSA in 2009 and my doctor recommended an oral appliance. Due to periodontal disease, the appliance was not effective for me. I used a CPAP machine for a while but could only tolerate the mask for a short time after I went to sleep. I would wake up and literally rip it off because I couldn’t stand it. I read a small article in the local paper where they were looking for potential patients who couldn’t tolerate using a CPAP. After some tests and orientation by Froedart Medical College of Wisconsin, it was determined that I was a candidate for the Inspire implant. It was a no-brainer for me to decide without hesitation to get the implant.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

Life changing. The snoring is gone and I get restful sleep now, plus my wife is happy!

Why am I a patient ambassador?

I want to tell people my experience and help them with questions they may have about how the device works.

Dan G, 38

I spent 5 years in the Army as an infantryman. I now live in Milwaukee, WI and have been married for 13 years. My wife and I have two children, a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. I currently work as an IT Project Manager for a company in Milwaukee, WI.

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Brief Bio:

I spent 5 years in the Army as an infantryman. I now live in Milwaukee, WI and have been married for 13 years. My wife and I have two children, a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. I currently work as an IT Project Manager for a company in Milwaukee, WI. 

Interests:

I enjoy fishing, hunting, and just being outside. I am an avid sports fan who supports all Wisconsin sports teams. Brewers, Badgers, Bucks and of course the Green Bay Packers. I enjoy doing all these things with my family by my side.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

I chose Inspire therapy because I couldn’t handle the CPAP mask anymore. I tried many different masks to find that none of them were comfortable at all.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

Life changing!

Why am I a patient ambassador?

I am a patient ambassador because I feel the need to let people know how Inspire therapy has changed my life.

Gerry H, 52

I am a divorced father with 2 young children with 8 years of service in the Marine Corps Reserves stationed in Ohio. My stepdaughter has also blessed me with 3 grandchildren. I live in a small town outside of Columbus, OH but I drive all over the United States as an over-the-road truck driver. I am usually gone during the week and home on the weekends. I like to travel, although most of my traveling involves a trailer load of product making it to a destination on time. My family and friends are very important to me and I have found that family goes beyond "bloodlines" sometimes.

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Brief Bio:

I am a divorced father with 2 young children. My stepdaughter has also blessed me with 3 grandkids. I live in a small town outside of Columbus, OH but I drive all over the United States as an over-the-road truck driver. I am usually gone during the week and home on the weekends. I like to travel, although most of my traveling involves a trailer load of product making it to a destination on time. My family and friends are very important to me, and I have found that family goes beyond “bloodlines” sometimes.

Interests:

I enjoy horses and horseback riding, singing karaoke, reading, cruising the internet, movies, music (mostly country), cold beer, and good company.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

I have suffered from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) my whole life. Traditional treatment options have not worked for me. I tried CPAP and had both nasal and UPPP surgery, which is where they cut out the upper soft tissue from the back of your mouth. Inspire therapy has by far been the best option and the only thing that has worked on me.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

The single best option for treatment. It is safe, easy to use, and convenient.

Why am I a patient ambassador?

To tell my story and help people understand that there is a better treatment option for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Donnie R, 74

I served on active duty with the United States Air Force for 20 years and an additional 16 years employed with the Air Force Reserves. During this time, I was stationed in Southeast Asia--1 year in Vietnam and 5 years in The Philippines. I now live in Tampa, FL with my wife.

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Brief Bio:

I served on active duty with the United States Air Force for 20 years and an additional 16 years employed with Air Force Reserves. During this time, I was stationed in Southeast Asia, 1 year in Vietnam and 5 years in The Philippines. I now live in Tampa, FL with my wife.

Interests:

I enjoy traveling, fishing, solar energy and studying the Bible.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

Ever since my first overseas assignments I slept lightly and was very aware of my surroundings and sounds during the night. Looking back, this may have been my sleep apnea. I woke easily during the night and as a result, I would be tired and restless during the day. After work, I used to go home, eat dinner, and sleep in a chair until it was time to go to bed. I was just too tired to do anything. During the night I would often jolt awake, but could never find the culprit.

In 2012, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. During the next 2½ years I used a CPAP and tried almost every type of mask: small, full face, nose pillows, etc. None of these masks would stay on my face. I adjusted the mask on my face several times each night. I had blisters on my forehead and indentions on my face where the straps went across my jaw and under my chin. Even with using a CPAP, I was tired all day long.

I received Inspire therapy in December 2014, and when it was turned on one month later I was immediately able to sleep. When I wake up each morning, it is time to get up and start my day; I’m ready to go. I don’t feel tired or exhausted and I no longer wake myself up during the night. My wife is able to remain in bed with me and doesn’t need to find another place to sleep.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

It’s perfect for me. My quality of life has been improved beyond anything I could imagine.

Why am I a patient ambassador?

I am a patient ambassador to share what I’m experiencing and pay it forward for those who are having sleep apnea problems.

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