Illinois to require insurance companies to cover EpiPens

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law to expand insurance coverage for children in need of EpiPens.

House Bill 3435 was signed last week requiring insurance companies to cover epinephrine injectors for children with severe allergies.

According to the governor's office, the cost of EpiPens has increased by 400% over the past decade. EpiPens, which typically have a shelf life of a year, can cost a family up to $700 without insurance.

“This legislation takes a big step forward in protecting our children and families,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Lowering the cost of prescription drugs and expanding health care coverage is one important way to help lower costs and build a higher standard of living for all Illinoisans.”

Pritzker also signed House Bill 889 on Tuesday to help Illinoisans affected by Lyme Disease. It requires insurance companies to cover office visits, testing and treatment for tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease.

Insurance coverage of tick-borne diseases takes effect immediately. The new EpiPen law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.