Illinois becomes first state to require EpiPen insurance coverage for kids

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(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.