NU Online News Service, Aug. 30, 1:25 p.m. – The Florida Senate is considering a bill, S.B. 96, that would give a state tax credit to companies that provide long-term care insurance for employees.

Employers could subtract up to 25% of the cost of the coverage from their state corporate income taxes or state franchise taxes. The maximum credit would be half of the tax liability otherwise due that year.

The sponsor is Sen. Ronald Silver, D-Tallahassee.

Lawmakers have also reintroduced legislation that would require state-regulated health insurers to pay for autism therapy.

An autism therapy coverage mandate died in the last legislation, but Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, has brought the bill back in the Senate, as S.B. 110. Rep. Larry Crow, R-Dunedin, who has brother with autism, brought the bill back in the House, as H.B. 43.