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

March 20, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds $4 million in new grants to combat opioid crisis in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded new resources to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon. As part of newly released grant funding from the Trump Administration, Oregon will receive more than $4 million though the State Opioid Response grant program, which helps communities expand access to opioid abuse and addiction treatment services.

February 27, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden: Current measles outbreak showcases the problem of under-vaccination

February 25, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden to highlight Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will highlight the Oregon impact of the current measles outbreak during a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The hearing will focus on the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington and response efforts.

February 13, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden: Congress should tackle high health care costs and give states flexibility to innovate

February 12, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for continued bipartisan work to combat opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Continuing his efforts to combat the nationwide opioid crisis, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has called on the Energy and Commerce Committee to continue its bipartisan work to help address a public health crisis that takes the lives of more Oregonians than traffic accidents. 

February 6, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden raises concerns about $32 trillion government-run health care system

Calls for hearing to examine impact of Medicare for All proposal on Americans, action to reduce health care costs

January 24, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden introduces bipartisan bill to improve training for palliative care professionals

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), along with a group of bipartisan lawmakers, today introduced legislation that aims to strengthen workforce training for palliative care professionals. “This is a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, and I’m proud to be reintroducing this bill in the new Congress,” said Walden. 

December 19, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden releases report detailing alleged opioid-dumping in rural communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), today released a report summarizing its findings after concluding its bipartisan investigation into allegations of opioid-dumping in West Virginia. Walden's Energy and Commerce Committee spent more than 18 months investigating large quantities of opioids sent to rural towns.

October 24, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden’s historic bill to combat opioid crisis signed into law

Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act represents largest effort to address a single drug crisis in history

October 15, 2018 In The News

Apparently there was a dirty little secret between the drug companies and the insurance companies about prescription costs for years.

Pharmacists could not inform customers, other than Medicare D patients, if their drug was cheaper if they paid out of pocket versus through their insurance, because of so-called "gag clauses."

Pharmacist Michele Belcher, who owns the Grants Pass Pharmacy, brought this to Oregon Rep. Greg Walden's attention.