Mary’s Law Requires Coverage for Kids’ Epi-Pens

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Thanks to Mary, a new Illinois law requires that health insurance companies cover the cost of lifesaving EpiPens for children.

“As a mom, I know the sense of anxiety that something like a severe allergy can cause a parent. The constant worry about your child’s safety is real, and no parent should have to worry about the unaffordable cost of a device that could save their child’s life,” said Edly-Allen.

Sponsored by Rep. Edly-Allen, House Bill 3435 requires healthcare policies in Illinois to cover epinephrine autoinjectors for patients under 18 years of age. The law took effect on Jan. 1.

Epinephrine autoinjectors are a life-saving drug used to stop severe asthma or allergy attacks. The cost of one of the most popular autoinjectors, EpiPens, increased nearly 500 percent since over the last decade at a current cost of $300 to over $600. Medications like EpiPens have a shelf life of about 18 months, requiring frequent replacements if not used.