Illinois has two new laws on the books designed to lower costs for two potentially life-saving medicines, insulin, and epi-pens, offering a lifeline to people across Illinois with diabetes or serious allergies.

House Bill 2189 lowers the current cap on a 30-day supply of insulin from $100 to $35. Insulin is a vital hormone used by the body to regulate blood sugar. For individuals diagnosed with diabetes, access to insulin treatment can be a matter of life and death.

House Bill 3639 caps the cost of 2-packs of epinephrine, often referred to as epi-pens, to $60. Epinephrine Auto-Injectors are typically used to stave off anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal.

Both bills were signed into law on August 4th.

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