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Vermont lawmakers reach agreement on health care

May 3, 2011

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MONTPELIER, Vt.—Major health reform legislation working its way through the Vermont Legislature has won final approval in the Senate, with the House expected to follow suit.

Senate action followed Tuesday's announcement that a House-Senate conference committee had worked out the differences between the two chambers' versions of the bill.

The bill would put Vermont on a path toward universal health care, but it leaves until later several major decisions about how the program will work.

Among them: how the system will be paid for, what benefits it will offer, and whether illegal immigrants will be covered by it.

It's expected to be at least next week, if not the week after, before Gov. Peter Shumlin signs the bill into law.