- Who We AreAll great movements have started with people, because collective wisdom is stronger and smarter than any one individual. And we believe that it is time to leave partisan politics behind. We Can Do Better engages citizens in identifying barriers and solutions to improving health and health care for all.We combine traditional tools – community forums and workshops – with new media to bring people together. Online and in-person opportunities for the public to become informed, organize, and voice their opinions lead to real-time grassroots civic action that influences public policy debate. We want public and private programs to reflect our shared principles and framework. The process won’t always be easy or comfortable because we recognize we have tough choices ahead. We believe that positive and lasting social change only comes when engaged citizens work together in common cause. We Can Do Better is a non partisan space for civic engagement for people to develop strategies and solutions that inform public policy and result in better health and health care for all.
- What We DoEducation We optimize website, webinars, in-person sessions and our Annual Conference to accommodate those who understand health policy inside and out, along with those who are new to the language of insurance, health plans, health reform, public and private approaches. Education can be tailored for small groups or large gatherings. Workshops Since part of our mission is around engagement, each year we hold trainings on public speaking, framing and messaging, and how to be compelling when speaking with (or before) policy makers and decision makers. Coalitions Being a non-partisan organization allows us to work in coalitions with other organizations who share the belief that that health reform should result in better health, lower or contained costs, and a better experience for all of us who use the system – the essential components of the Triple Aim. Staff from We Can Do Better have played leadership roles in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Consumer Voices for Coverage, the Oregon Health Reform Collaborative, the Allies Group, the Human Services Coalition of Oregon, and the Ladders to Leadership Initiative. Consultation Staff are available to meet with community organizations, local leaders and employers to sort through some of the complex issues that must be…
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Our friends over at The Lund Report bring us this story: Healthy competition on Cover Oregon led by Moda Health has resulted in at least four insurance companies selling plans in every county, creating a market where residents of the most remote parts of the state pay the same or little more for premiums than urban Oregon. Read Christopher David Gray’s story …
Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Exchange? Would you like to hear perspectives from people impacted by the insurance exchange? The PSU & OHSU Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter would like to invite you to join the conversation and get your questions answered. Hear from a representative of Cover Oregon (Oregon’s Health Insurance Exchange), a clinic director …
New article in the Atlantic on How Primary Care Can Handle 15 Million Newly Insured Patients.
So far Oregon has already expanded coverage to 56,000 Oregonians (effective January 1, 2014) through the Medicaid Expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act. More to come as Cover Oregon get’s up and running. Read more here.