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

September 5, 2018 Press Release

Walden highlights legislation to reduce drug prices and increase control for patients

Bill to prohibit so-called “gag clauses” that limit pricing option disclosure to patients is moving through Walden’s committee

August 29, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds support for broadband expansion in rural Oregon

Oregon to receive $13.7 million through Federal Communications Commission auction to facilitate rural broadband distribution

August 6, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden presses opioid manufacturers about their role in crisis

Letters Continue Comprehensive Review of Opioid Epidemic

July 25, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden discusses rural broadband expansion with FCC Chairman

July 24, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden examines fraud and abuse within opioid addiction treatment industry

Hearing comes following year-long bipartisan investigation into patient brokering

July 17, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden examines solutions to expand broadband in rural Oregon

Invites eastern Oregon medical provider to testify about improving healthcare options for patients in rural communities through broadband 

July 3, 2018 In The News

The Dalles Chronicle: Walden bills make history

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said recent passage of 58 bills by the House is a record-setting legislative package to address the opioid epidemic that he describes as a “killer on a rampage.”

Walden, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where the bills originated, said the 396-14 vote on June 22 in favor of the package was the culmination of almost 10 years of bipartisan work.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds $36.9 million in PILT funding for rural Oregon

Announcement comes as Walden recently secured important forest management reforms into law

June 25, 2018 Op-Eds

Guest column: Striking back against the opioid crisis


June 23, 2018

By tomorrow morning, more than 100 Americans will have died because of opioid overdose. This killer doesn’t discriminate -- not by age, not by race, not by where you live or what you believe.

June 22, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden bill to combat opioid crisis passes House

 Walden's SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act receives overwhelming bipartisan vote of 396-14