Rep. Schmidt Supported Legislation Signed into Law Makes Insulin and EpiPens Affordable

Cahokia Heights, IL…State Representative Kevin Schmidt (R-Cahokia Heights) has taken a significant stride towards enhancing healthcare accessibility for families as two bills he supported have been signed into law. Rep. Schmidt’s co-sponsoring of HB2189, known as the Access to Affordable Insulin Act, and his yes vote on HB3639, a measure aimed at ensuring affordable access to EpiPens, highlights his dedication to improving the lives of his constituents.

“I am excited these two bills have been signed into law,” Rep. Schmidt said. “By reducing insulin costs and capping EpiPen expenses, we are taking concrete steps towards safeguarding the health and financial well-being of vulnerable families in our community.”

Understanding the mounting concerns surrounding the soaring costs of insulin, Rep. Schmidt decided to co-sponsor HB2189. The Access to Affordable Insulin Act introduces a discount program overseen by the Department of Insurance. This program empowers participants to purchase insulin at a reduced, post-rebate price. The newly enacted law takes a crucial step towards easing the financial strain on families grappling with diabetes, offering them more affordable options to manage their health. The program, set to take effect on July 1, 2025, demonstrates Rep. Schmidt’s unwavering commitment to championing affordable healthcare solutions.

In a similar vein, Rep. Schmidt’s yes vote on HB3639, an amendment to the Illinois Insurance Code, reinforces his dedication to healthcare affordability. Under the new law, insurers that provide coverage for medically necessary EpiPens are mandated to limit the cost to individuals. Regardless of the type of EpiPen, insured individuals will not be required to pay more than $60 for a twin-pack of these life-saving injectors. This ensures that families and individuals at risk of severe allergic reactions have access to critical medication without bearing an excessive financial burden.

Rep. Schmidt proudly serves the people of the 114th District of Illinois. For more information, you can contact his District Office at 618-215-1050.