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Marsh: Senate will vote next week on autism therapy bill

The Alabama Senate will vote next week on a mandate for insurers to cover an intensive autism therapy, the Republican Senate leader promised Thursday as he attempted to ease tensions that threatened to derail the final days of the legislative session.

"We will have all day Wednesday to have debate on that bill," Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said. "Our intent is to get an autism bill to the governor," Marsh, R-Anniston, said.

The bill would require some insurers to cover applied behavioral analysis, or ABA therapy. The intensive therapy can cost $100-per-hour, out of financial reach for many families. Business and insurance groups have voiced...