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Pritzker signs legislation to mandate insurance covers EpiPens for children

"To a child who cannot afford an EpiPen, one peanut, one bee sting, one exposure to latex can mean anaphylactic shock and potentially death — that's unconscionable."

August 14, 2019 - 5:28 pm
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(KMOX) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation expanding insurance coverage for certain treatments. 

One new law requires insurance companies to cover office visits and treatment for tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease. The second requires coverage of EpiPens for children with severe allergies. Pritzker says the cost of an EpiPen has increased by more than 400% over the last decade. 

"To a child who cannot afford an EpiPen, one peanut, one bee sting, one exposure to latex can mean anaphylactic shock and potentially death — that's unconscionable," Pritzker said.

The governor claims there are two children in every classroom who have some type of food allergy.

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