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Hastings commends new law expanding EpiPen coverage

State Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park
State Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park

State Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park, commended a new law requiring insurers to cover medically necessary epinephrine injections for minors.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill, H.B. 3435, on Friday.

“It’s unfortunate that we cannot always pinpoint what will give our children an allergic reaction with the rise of so many different food allergies,” Hastings said in a news release. “What we can do is provide children with the necessary care they need when an unforeseen emergency strikes, and I’m proud to have supported legislation that will do that going forward.”

The injections deliver epinephrine to individuals experiencing a severe allergic reaction, curbing the negative effects of the allergen. It works by narrowing blood vessels and opening lung airways, reversing the symptoms of a potentially fatal allergic reaction, according to the release. Pritzker’s office argued the cost of an EpiPen has “skyrocketed” over the past decade, increasing by more than 400% for the two-pen injector pack. Without insurance, EpiPens can cost a family nearly $700, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“No parent should be put in a situation where they cannot provide necessary medical assistance because it’s not affordable,” Hastings said.

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