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 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.
August 22, 2019 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 10 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in the Second District over $800,000 in federal funding to help improve quality and efficiency.
August 13, 2019 Press Release

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement applauding the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for their continued efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

August 9, 2019 Press Release

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the Oregon Washington Health Network in eastern Oregon will receive $1 million in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding is a part of the 2019 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program and will help strengthen and expand substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural areas of eastern Oregon.

August 9, 2019 Press Release

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $4,509,000 in grant funding to 27 health centers in Oregon, nine of which are in Oregon’s Second District. Health centers in Boardman, Klamath Falls, Medford, La Pine, Prineville, Hood River, Grants Pass, and Enterprise will receive a combined total of $1,503,000 in federal funds, which will help combat the deadly opioid epidemic by enabling local health centers to increase availability of mental health and substance use disorder services. 

July 31, 2019 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced their new action plan for the safe importation of certain prescription drugs.
April 25, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden announces collection sites for excess opioids and prescription pills across Oregon’s Second District

Saturday, April 27 is DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative to combat opioid epidemic

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.