The American Geriatrics Society estimates 300 doctors are immediately needed to make up for the shortage in Indiana.
Mainstreet is expanding, but not in Indiana, which has a moratorium on new nursing homes.
A new group called Bloomington Consumers For Birth Choices got more than 1,000 people to sign a petition in support of the effort.
Sen. Donnelly says the shortage of mental health providers in the military is an ongoing issue.
The move to codify HIP 2.0 in state law helps solidify the initiative but it may also pose restrictions.
The bill would create a small pilot program that would train physician assistants in psychiatric treatment through a state-sponsored fellowship.
The federal evaluation is to determine if transportation costs are preventing access to care.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will evaluate whether a waiver to HIP 2.0 causes patients to miss appointments.
Local veterans attended and were able to sign up for appointments at the clinic.
Critics have argued at one year old, locking HIP 2.0 into state statute is premature.