The federal government could save $1.5 trillion over 10 years if all 50 states adopted Oregon's ambitious health-care initiative, Gov. John Kitzhaber said.
By Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press
PORTLAND — The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health-care initiative in Oregon, announcing an agreement to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to help get the program off the ground.
Oregon hopes to prove states can save billions on Medicaid without sacrificing the quality of health care. Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan would invest in preventive care to keep patients healthy so they don't need expensive hospitalizations.
"If this works, I think other states are going to be looking at this as a way to manage that patient population," said Kitzhaber, a Democrat and former emergency-room physician who has worked for decades on changing the health-care system.
The federal government could save $1.5 trillion over 10 years if all 50 states adopted Oregon's approach, the governor has said.