Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Improving Rural Health Care

Holding a roundtable meeting in Hermiston to discuss local efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon

Working to improve health care in Oregon’s rural communities has long been a priority of mine. Before I ran for Congress, I was a member of the Hood River Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation Board. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee now, I’ve listened to what constituents, doctors, stakeholders, hospitals, care providers, and disease and treatment advocates alike have to say about the most pressing health care issues facing our country.

My top priority at the Energy and Commerce Committee is combating the opioid epidemic in Oregon and throughout America. Under my leadership, the Energy and Commerce Committee has put forth concrete proposals to get dangerous synthetic opioids like fentanyl off our streets, improve prescription drug monitoring programs, and make sure federal resources get to those on the ground in this fight.

I’ve also worked hard to support important public health priorities for our state and country. I introduced legislation to provide the longest and most generous extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in history, as well as a plan to provide two years of full funding and certainty for community health centers. Both pieces of legislation have been signed into law, ensuring these programs will be able to continue serving Oregonians.

More on Improving Rural Health Care

January 14, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent letters to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon regarding concerns over reports of increased use of stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, in the United States in recent years. The letters were signed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the committee in addition to Walden.
January 14, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) called for continued progress to end the opioid crisis during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing.
January 14, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) announced that he is reactivating an investigation into the role of top opioid manufacturers in the ongoing opioid crisis.
January 8, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) discussed efforts to improve public health and wellness at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing entitled “Legislation to Improve Americans’ Health Care Coverage and Outcomes.”
December 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the House passed government funding legislation through the end of the fiscal year.
December 9, 2019 Press Release
Last week, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX), pressed top insurance companies for answers as to their role in the rising cost of insulin.
December 9, 2019 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a video statement after he introduced the Lower Costs, More Cures Act of 2019, which consists of bipartisan provisions that would lower the cost of prescription drugs for Americans.
December 9, 2019 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a video statement after the Senate and House reached a bipartisan agreement on legislation to stop surprise medical bill.
December 4, 2019 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled "Flu Season: U.S. Public Health Preparedness and Response."
November 21, 2019 Press Release
Yesterday during an Energy and Commerce Committee markup, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), the Republican Leader of the committee, helped advance legislation he co-sponsored that would improve maternal health care.