MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has passed a bill designed to put the state on a path toward a universal, single-payer health care system.

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.

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