- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a deal with the federal government that could reform the way much of health care is paid for in the state.

Vermont and federal officials last month announced that payments could go to providers to keep patients healthy, including Medicare and Medicaid recipients and residents with private insurance.

Once the new system is implemented, health care providers would be given a set amount of money for each person they care for. If the person needs little care, the provider would be able to keep the money not spent; if the person needs more care, the provider would have to perform the service without receiving additional money.

Republican House Minority Leader Don Turner tells Vermont Public Radio that the agreement was rushed.

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