- 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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Commonwealth Fund new blog article on insurance churn. How will the Insurance Exchange impact the churn?
Here are the Power Point slides that were used by Dawn Bonder and Ralph Prows at tonight’s forum on Oregon’s two new CO-OPs. They have been put together into one file, which you can view here. For best viewing of the video, click the full-screen icon in the video player below. Do not select the “Double Size” option.
35% more insurance plans to be available after reform, according to analysis. In Oregon the number has already gone from 9 pre-reform to 12 post-reform. Learn more here.
This article summarizes California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act, which was passed in 2006 with the intent of protecting low-income uninsured patients from having to pay hospitals’ full billed charges. Something for Oregon to consider? Look here for full article.
For the first time you can compare charges from hospitals in an area. This data is from FY 2011, so not reflective of current charges, but you can still see the wide variability of charges for the same procedure. Link to article from Washington Post Link to downloadable CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) data