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Illinois becomes first state to require insurance companies to cover EpiPens for kids
(WSIL) -- Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill requiring insurance providers to cover EpiPens for children under the age of 18, making Illinois the first state to do so.
EpiPens save people who are having a serious allergic reaction but the cost for a does increased 400 percent over the last decade, according to the governor's office.
"I have seen mothers look for EpiPens for months that we cannot give them because of stock outages or cost-prohibitive issues with their co-pays being too high," pharmacist Ben Calcaterra said. "Where that child who may need a life-saving EpiPen might go months and months without having them."
Calcaterra said there's a number of reasons behind the increase, but most people can't afford a $700 dose without some help.
"And that has caused a great cost barrier for those patients who really need it to save their life," Calcaterra said.
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