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

October 31, 2019 Press Release
Yesterday, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on the safety and national security concerns over the U.S. reliance on drugs and pharmaceutical ingredients manufactured abroad.
October 23, 2019 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) published an op-ed in The Bulletin ahead of the one-year anniversary of President Trump signing Walden's legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, into law.
October 23, 2019 Op-Eds

Initial progress on opioids, but work remains 

By Greg Walden

October 22, 2019 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced the collection sites in Oregon's Second District for the disposal of excess opioid and prescription medications.
October 18, 2019 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) recently appeared on KOBI's 5 on 5 and discussed his efforts to stop surprise medical billing and combat the opioid epidemic.
October 11, 2019 Press Release
Greg Walden (R-OR), the Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee, penned a letter with Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Representative David McKinley (R-WV) pressing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and top opioid distributors for an update on recommendations of the report, Red Flags and Warning Signs Ignored: Opioid Distribution and Enforcement Concerns in West Virginia.
October 4, 2019 Press Release
This week, Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX) launched a new phase in the patient brokering investigation that began last Congress.
October 2, 2019 Press Release

Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader, and Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX) released the following statement applauding the signing into law of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019 or the “AUTISM Cares Act of 2019" (H.R. 1058):

September 24, 2019 Press Release
This week, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) penned an op-ed in Modern Healthcare, highlighting the historic efforts he has helped achieve as Chairman and now Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee to combat the opioid crisis.
September 16, 2019 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, launched a bipartisan investigation into practices of private equity firms surrounding surprise billing.