AURORA, Ill. – Legislation backed by state Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, to require insurance companies to cover epinephrine injection devices for children was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“Life-threatening food allergies are very common among children and teens, and EpiPens are necessary to combat serious effects from anaphylaxis but can come at a very high cost,” said Hernandez. “This bill is important because it ensures that children’s health care is prioritized over profit.”
Hernandez supported House Bill 3435, which makes Illinois the first state to require all private and public insurers to cover epinephrine injectors, or EpiPens, for those 18 years old and younger. EpiPens are injectors that treat severe allergic reactions to insect bites, drugs, foods and other substances. The price of EpiPens has increased by more than 400% in recent years, forcing many families to pay over $600 out of pocket for medically necessary treatments.
“All families deserve access to quality health care, and that means ensuring that the medication and treatment they need is affordable,” said Hernandez. “I am proud that our state is the first in the country to pass such important legislation, and I hope we are setting an example for the rest of the country to do the same.”