SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a new law expanding insurance coverage for children whose allergies require live-saving EpiPens.
House Bill 3435 was signed on Friday, which requires insurance companies to cover epinephrine injectors, most commonly prescribed as EpiPens, for children with severe allergies.
According to the governor’s office, the cost of an EpiPen has skyrocketed over the last decade, rising by more than 400% for the two-pen injector pack.
Pritzker’s office says without insurance, the EpiPens can cost a family nearly $700.
“With steady increases in food allergies and other serious allergic conditions, families are relying on EpiPens more than ever before,” said Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield). “We should be doing everything we can to expand access to affordable lifesaving drugs and medicines. No child with a serious allergy should be without an epinephrine injector because they cannot afford one.”
The law takes effect on January 1, 2020.