Community health leaders say they have figured out how to save money on treating Vermonters with long-term needs.

A half-dozen organizations that make up the Support and Services at Home, or SASH, program gathered at the Statehouse on Wednesday with representatives of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

The groups announced that they slowed the growth of federal Medicare spending on long-term care for senior citizens and people with disabilities by about $1,500 per person between 2011 and 2014.

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In photograph above: Ellen Tyrell, SASH Participant