Illinois requires insurance to cover EpiPens for kids

Illinois became the first state to require insurance companies to pay the costs of EpiPen injection medicines for children 18 and younger. The law was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker and will take effect Jan. 1, 2020, CNN reported.

The new law comes at a time when the cost of the medication, which is used to treat life-threatening allergy reactions, has risen significantly. According to CNN, a pair of EpiPen injectors cost $100 in 2009 and cost $600 by 2016.

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