Illinois passes bill requiring insurance companies to cover EpiPens for kids

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Published: Aug 14th, 2019 – 10:03am (EDT)

Updated: Aug 14th, 2019 – 10:06am (EDT)

CHICAGO (WTHR) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a bill into law that requires insurance companies to pay for EpiPens for kids.

Illinois House Bill 3435 amends the Illinois Insurance Code. It requires health insurers to provide coverage for epinephrine injectors for people 18 and younger.

The bill was sponsored by 10 Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Daniel Swanson. After being filed in February, it went to the Pritzker’s office in June. He signed the bill Aug. 9, and it will become effective Jan. 1, 2020.

In a statement on Twitter, Pritzker said, “lowering the cost of prescription drugs” was one way to improve the standard of living for Illinois citizens.

Last year, generic drug manufacturer Sandoz introduced an alternative to the EpiPen for a more affordable price. The company announced in July the medication was in U.S. pharmacies, ready to be distributed. The price for their generic medication, called Symjepi, is $250 for two injectors.