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Vermont has new plan to slow health care costs

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Much of Vermont's health care community is joining together to help control costs by encouraging providers to focus on keeping people healthy rather than paying them to treat patients when they are sick.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Al Gobeille, the chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, announced Wednesday the launch of two new "shared savings programs" that could involve more than 2,500 health care providers.

The goal is to encourage providers by allowing them to keep a portion of the savings generated by better coordinating health care for groups of patients.

One program will be launched by insurers offering plans through Vermont Health Connect, the state department coordinating the overhaul of the health care system in the state. The second program involves the state's Medicaid program.

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