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

May 8, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded over $2.4 million to 11 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Oregon’s Second District.
May 1, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced they are awarding an additional $172,109,975 to 165 health care facilities in Oregon.
April 24, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law.
April 22, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award over $40 billion to health care providers and hospitals across the country. 
April 20, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) raised questions about ongoing efforts to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the country.
April 10, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Greg Walden, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden along with announced today that 3,454 hospitals in Oregon will receive a total of $291 million in funding to enhance their coronavirus response efforts.
April 9, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a video statement for National Public Health Week.
April 8, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement applauding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding over $23 million to Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Oregon, including 11 centers in the Second District, to help with coronavirus response efforts.
April 7, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden released a video statement encouraging that everyone follows the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines.
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.