PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Obama administration is buying into anambitious health care initiative in Oregon, announcingThursday it has tentatively agreed to chip in $1.9 billion overfive years to help get the program off the ground.

Oregon hopes to prove that states can save billions on Medicaidwithout sacrificing the quality of health care. Gov. JohnKitzhaber's plan would invest in preventive care to keep patientshealthy so they don't need expensive hospitalizations.

"If this works, I think other states are going to be looking atthis as a way to manage that patient population," said Kitzhaber, aDemocrat and former emergency room physician who has worked fordecades on reforming the health care system.

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