Two new Illinois laws helping fight Lyme disease and expanding insurance coverage for EpiPens

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed two new bills into law last week designed to improve the health of Illinoisans.

“Both of these new laws fulfill a core principle of this administration: state government ought to be standing up for working families,” Pritzker said. “Lowering the cost of prescription drugs and expanding health care coverage is one important way to help lower costs and build a higher standard of living for all Illinoisans.”

House Bill 889 requires insurance companies to cover testing and treatments for tick borne diseases like Lyme disease. The law aims to support farmers in Illinois who have been struggling to afford treatments.

Gov. Pritzker also signed House Bill 3435 Friday. The bill requires insurance companies to cover EpiPens for children with extreme allergies. The cost of a two pack injector has increased 400% over the last 10 years and can cost a family $700 a year without insurance.

The bill will take effect Jan. 1 2020.

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