Illinois becomes first state to require insurance companies to cover EpiPens for kids

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CHICAGO - EpiPens for kids will now have to be covered by insurance companies in Illinois.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law Tuesday requiring insurance policies to pay for the EpiPen injectors meant for people 18 or younger.

EpiPens can stop an allergic reaction and save lives, but they cost families about $600 each. The price has gone up drastically in the last decade.

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Pritzker said the measure is a big step forward in protecting children and families.

Illinois is the first state to mandate EpiPen insurance coverage for children. The new law takes effect on January 1.