(13WHAM) Albany, N.Y. - The New York State Senate passed a bill Monday designed to allow individuals with autism to receive insurance coverage for therapy.

The bill, introduced by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), would allow individuals to be covered for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy.

Previously, insurance companies wouldn't cover ABA therapy because there were no state-licensed behavior analysts to treat individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the companies required analysts to have state licenses in order for families to qualify for reimbursement.

The bill would establish a state license for behavior analysts which would expand the places where individuals with autism could access the care they need and be covered by insurance.

The bill will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.