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Gov. Pritzker signs law requiring insurance companies cover cost of EpiPen

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law requiring health insurance companies to cover the cost of epinephrine injectors for children with severe allergies.

The Illinois Senate passed a bill by a unanimous vote on April 4 requiring health insurance companies to offer generic alternatives for EpiPens.

EpiPen is the brand name of a device that delivers the drug epinephrine, which is a life-saving medication used when someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction. The cost for this drug, which can be in the hundreds of dollars range, often places it out of reach to those who need it most.

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