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Music therapy bill approved by Indiana House

A measure that would certify Indiana therapists who specialize in using music to treat people with autism, Alzheimer's and other conditions is advancing in the General Assembly.

The bill has been approved by the House and is headed to the Senate for consideration.

It would create a new state board to certify music therapists working in the state.

Lafayette state senator Sheila Klinker co-authored the bill.

She says a state certification would help convince more health insurance providers to cover the treatment.

Klinker says it would also allow Indiana’s fraud laws to be used to crack down on those who advertise themselves as music therapists but have no training in health care.