MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Cancer patients in northeastern Vermont should be getting better coordinated — and maybe less expensive — care in the near future, if a program that is part of the state's health care overhaul is successful.

The Green Mountain Care Board, which is spearheading the state's push to make health careaccess universal while controlling costs, announced Monday that cancer care in the St. Johnsbury area will be brought into a new pilot program aimed at better communication and coordination among providers.

Officials said the hope is to reduce the number of trips patients have to make to different doctors and eliminate redundant tests.

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