- 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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The cost of prescription drugs for tens of millions of Americans rose $2 billion last year, and all signs point to a continued rise. At stake is nothing less than the ability of Americans to afford the medicines they need. Can we stop the madness? Read about it here.
Portland State University alumnus and Harvard School of Public Health fellow Adolfo Cuevas shares the results of his study looking into mistrust of health care professionals by Portland’s African-American community. Listen to it here.
Low-income adults who qualify for expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but live in states that have not increased eligibility for the program are at risk of paying higher out-of-pocket costs and receiving less comprehensive insurance coverage, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study. Read about it here.
NPR — together with member stations from across the country — has been reporting on troubles with the Veterans Choice program, a $10 billion plan created by Congress two years ago to squash long wait times veterans were encountering when going to see a doctor. But as we reported in March, this fix needs a fix. Read about it here.
Changes in Consumer Cost-Sharing for Health Plans Sold in the ACA’s Insurance Marketplaces, 2015 to 2016
This brief examines changes in consumer health plan cost-sharing—deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limits—for coverage offered in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces between 2015 and 2016. Three of seven measures studied rose moderately in 2016, an increase attributable in part to a shift in the mix of plans offered in the marketplaces, from plans with higher actuarial value (platinum and …