NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation requiring insurers to cover medications used to treat patients for substance abuse.

The governor's office said Monday he signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Paul Jabour and Rep. Patricia Serpa.

It was part of a package of bills introduced to try to address a spike in overdose deaths in the state.

The legislation requires hospitals to develop special discharge plans for patients treated for opioid and other addictions. The health care facilities will be required to help patients schedule at least one follow-up appointment at an appropriate facility within a week of discharge.

Providers will also be required to distribute information about the real-time availability of in-patient and out-patient services.

The state department of health will develop a model discharge plan.