Illinois becomes first state in nation to sign ‘Charlie’

Children in Illinois will no longer be denied treatment for a debilitating disease.

House bill 2721, also known as ‘Charlie’s Law’, was signed into law today. It was named after Charlie Drury, who at 8 years old was diagnosed with PANDAS, or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder.

Illinois becomes the first state in the nation to require insurers to cover treatment for PANDAS. It affects about 1 in 200 children in the U.S. Just one round of treatment can cost up to $15,000.


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