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.
HIP 2.0 went into effect last February and provides insurance to some low-income Hoosiers.
Some – including supporters of the program – are concerned about the measure’s consequences.
Overall, enrollment increased in 2016, but enrollment in Indiana is down by a little over 20,000.