Wichita family reacts to Illinois law requiring insurance companies to pay EpiPen cost

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WICHITA, Kan. Seven-year-old Caroline and her older sister, Daisy, just finished their first day of school, without a very important necessity- an EpiPen.

"It's a parent's worst nightmare,"said the girl's mother, Andrea Robinson.

Both sisters have severe allergies.One to fish and seafood, and the other, pecans.

"It's challenging because we are on limited income and you have your other bills to pay. On top of that, you want to get EpiPens for your child, but you can't because you can't afford them out of pocket."

Robinson says $500 per EpiPen is just too much, but her family isn't alone.The cost of the life saving device has gone up over the last decade, making it impossible for some families to afford.

That's why come January, insurance companies in Illinois will be required to foot the bill for EpiPens for kids who are 18 and younger.

This is the first state to mandate EpiPen insurance coverage for children. This is a law moms like Robinson hope to see here in Kansas.

Brenda Landwehr, chair of the House Health Committee, says this isn't a law that's in the works here right now, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be considered.

She says lawmakers would need to look at who the law would serve, how great the need is, how much it would cost, and how to make it as affordable as possible.

That's something Robinson says her family is on board with.

'It could be life saving," she says.