Senate passes bill to expand medical service program for veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTH)R — Senate Bill 96 passed out of the SEnate with a 47-1 vote.

The bill, builds upon one of the state's pilot programs — Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy — and increases the number of service providers that may administer treatment.

HBOT is a medical treatment used to enhance the body's natural healing process through inhalation of 100 percent oxygen.

“Through this program, Hoosier veterans can get the care and attention they need,” Sen. Mike Delph said. “SB 96 would open up the pilot to all Indiana veterans. HBOT could provide the relief needed to treat veterans suffering from PTSD.”

Any veteran who has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder would receive free service under this program, according to the Indiana Statehouse.

The bill also requires the Indian Department of Veterans Affairs to prepare a final report at the end of the program and submit the findings.

HBOT is commonly used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning, divers' sickness, enhanced healing of some wound problems, skin grafts, heat burns, crash injuries and other acute health-care issues.

IDVA Director Jim Brown is actively working to get Indiana included in the new federal HBOT program.

The bill will move to the house for further consideration.