The Vermont Senate has passed a bill designed to put the state on a path toward a universal, single-payer healthcare system.
Vt. governor hails healthcare bill passage
The bill gained final Senate approval Tuesday on a vote of 21-9 and now moves to a conference committee where lawmakers will try to work out differences between the House and Senate versions.
Key differences include the Senate's insertion of a series of thresholds that must be met before the state can set up its publicly financed system, to be called Green Mountain Care.
Those thresholds include making sure the new system will give Vermont a healthcare cost growth rate lower than the national rate.
Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's very happy with passage of the legislation and looks forward to signing it.
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