SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Illinois insurance companies will be required to cover EpiPens for minors after legislation supported by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“For people with severe allergies, EpiPens are a must-have item,” Mussman said. “It is critical that EpiPens are affordable and that the health and well-being of children is prioritized over insurance company profit. This legislation ensures that families can better afford the treatments that their children need.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 3435 will require health insurance providers to cover the cost of medically necessary epinephrine injectors, or EpiPens, for children 18 years old and younger. EpiPens are pre-filled syringes approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that contain a pre-measured dosage of epinephrine. Epinephrine can help treat severe allergic reactions to insects, foods and other substances by expanding the airways, ensuring the ability to breathe.
“We already know that EpiPens save lives, so we need to make sure that they’re affordable for the people who need them,” Mussman said. “I am grateful that the governor signed this measure into law, because we must ensure that people have access to the lifesaving medications they need.”