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

April 3, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $1.2 million in Community Development Block grants to a selection of communities throughout the Second District. This funding comes as a result of the CARES Act, which Walden helped champion into law last week.
March 31, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) praised recent action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lower barriers for providing care to rural communities during COVID-19.
March 31, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) penned an op-ed in The Hill explaining how The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act delivers for America’s health care needs during this crisis.
March 31, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement announcing that as a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Oregon would receive an additional $80 million for the state’s K-Plan, which is a Medicaid plan that provides home and community care for seniors and disabled citizens.
March 30, 2020 Op-Eds

 CARES Act delivers on our health care needs in a big way

By: Greg Walden 

March 30, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after President Trump signed into law The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is the third relief package for the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.
March 25, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award the state of Oregon $3.2 million in funding to help provide meals for older adults.
March 24, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would award nearly $1.9 million to 30 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Oregon, including 10 in the Second District.
March 24, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act.
March 19, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden released a statement in response to the nation's severe blood supply shortage.