Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2014
Sen. Mark Allen
Senate advances bill to provide veterans free treatment
for traumatic brain injury
A bill allowing Oklahoma veterans to be provided with
free hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) for traumatic brain injury
(TBI) has been approved by the state Senate.
Senate Bill 1604, the Veterans Recovery Plan Act, states that any
Oklahoma veteran who has been diagnosed with TBI, and prescribed
HBOT by a medical professional, may receive free treatment at any
licensed and equipped facility in the state.
Allen, author of the bill, said his proposal will provide desperately
needed help for men and women who have sacrificed for their country.
“Many Oklahoma veterans are struggling with symptoms of traumatic
brain injury, and have been unable to get the treatment they need,”
said Allen, R-Spiro. “These men and women have represented
us in combat and are entitled to the highest level of care we can
provide them upon their return. This bill will broaden access to
a proven treatment method for our injured veterans.”
The bill will create the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
and Recovery Revolving Fund for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Under the measure, the Oklahoma State University Center for Aerospace
and Hyberbaric Medicine will have statewide jurisdiction over all
treatments provided and all requests for reimbursement from the
revolving fund. The bill will have no fiscal impact.
SB 1604 was approved unanimously and advances to the House for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Allen: (405) 521-5576