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Vt. US Rep. Welch seeks to ease health care costs

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch says he wants to use the federal health care reform law to help control health care costs.

Welch, a Democrat, outlined his plans Tuesday during a visit to a Montpelier doctor's office.

Welch is a member of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal health care policy.

He says it's possible to put Medicare on a sustainable path without slashing benefits to seniors.

Welch says organizations such as "OneCare Vermont" reward providers for improving a patient's health rather than the number of procedures they perform.

Welch calls it a common sense approach that should be expanded nationwide.

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