- 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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A long-recognized shortcoming of Medicare is its lack of coverage for home- and community-based services, which enable people with complex conditions to live independently. While Medicaid does cover this care, less than a third of Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs qualify for Medicaid. Read about it here.
Oregon’s Farm to School and School Garden Programs Leading the Nation with New Funding for Every School
In July of 2015, the Oregon legislature greatly expanded support for farm to school and school garden programs, with a $3.3 million dollar additional allocation through SB 5507 on the last day of the legislative session. That funding, and the policy changes that went with it (SB 501) will mean that ALL school districts in Oregon will have access to …
Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer won a big victory this week when Medicare officials said they plan to reimburse doctors for talking with seniors about their wishes for end-of-life care. The Democratic lawmaker first brought this concept to Congress and was working without controversy to include the provisions in the new federal health care legislation six years ago — until former …
Most primary care providers report seeing more Medicaid or newly insured patients, and continue to accept new patients, since the ACA’s major coverage provisions took effect, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund. The survey also finds little change in providers’ ability to deliver high-quality care. Read about it here.
The Medicare program has an array of tools, many provided by the Affordable Care Act, for improving beneficiary care and keeping costs under control. Their purpose is to help Medicare greatly expand the proportion of its payments tied to quality or value. This issue brief is the first in our Medicare at 50 Years series to explore the key issues …