STATEHOUSE — Senate Bill 96, authored by State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) has passed out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations with a unanimous 10-0 vote. SB 96 now moves to the Senate Floor to be voted on by the full Senate.
Hoosier veterans will have access to a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Pilot (HBOT) no later than July 2018. SB 96 simply extends the end date of this previously created pilot from 2019 to 2020.
“Making sure our veterans are taken care of remains a top focus of mine,” Sen. Delph said. “It’s important that we are able to give the very best treatment to those who voluntarily served our state and nation. HBOT could be a game changer for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”
Additionally, Sen. Delph announced his work with Indiana’s Director of Veterans Affairs, Jim Brown, who is actively working to get Indiana included in the new federal HBOT program.
“U.S. Veterans Affairs is now, after years of consideration, going to study the possibilities of the usefulness of HBOT for veterans,” Brown said. “I appreciate Sen. Delph’s passion for helping fellow veterans and his dedication to working on their behalf.”
Sen. Delph is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military.
HBOT is a medical treatment that enhances the body's natural healing process through inhalation of 100 percent oxygen in a total body chamber where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. The procedure increases oxygen in the body, under pressure, to encourage healing. Currently, HBOT is commonly used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning, divers’ sickness, enhanced healing of some wound problems, skin grafts, heat burns, crush injuries and other acute health-care issues that involve too little blood flow to a part of the body.