(CNN) 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.
The governor says 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.
I was proud to sign two new laws expanding insurance coverage for children whose allergies require live-saving EpiPens and Illinoisans suffering from Lyme disease.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) August 13, 2019
This legislation takes a big step forward in protecting our children and families. pic.twitter.com/ZQVTies3j3