MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont legislative panel has begun meeting to work out differences between versions of a bill designed to move the state toward a single-payer health care system.

The panel met Friday, with the House making proposals for changes in the Senate-passed bill. But several of the more controversial provisions were left for meetings slated to begin Monday.

Among them: a Senate amendment that would bar illegal immigrants from being covered by Green Mountain Care.

A group supportive of the bill wants that amendment stripped, saying coverage is needed for thousands of immigrant workers, particularly on Vermont dairy farms.

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