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Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

The Honorable Donna M. Christensen retired from the US House of Representatives in 2015 where she served nine terms. She is the first female physician to serve as a Member in the history of the U.S Congress. In the 111th, 112th and 113th Congress, Delegate Christensen served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Among other subcommittee assignments, she served on its Subcommittee on Health during healthcare reform. She also served on Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Natural Resources – Chair of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Wildlife, Oceans and Fisheries – and the Committee on Small Business. Congresswoman Christensen chaired the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust for 16 years. She is a Graduate of the George Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at Howard University Medical Center – then Freedman’s Hospital. Congresswoman Christensen began her medical career in the Virgin Islands in 1975 as an emergency room physician and became a board certified family physician in 1977. After serving in several administrative positions and before going to Congress, she served as Commissioner of Health. She maintained a private practice in family medicine from 1975 until her election to Congress in 1996.

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Addressing medical debt during open enrollment

By: - November 29, 2022

We are in the midst of a medical debt crisis in America, which is affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including many Montanans. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth and forcing Montanans to change the way they live due to financial constraints.  That’s why with Open Enrollment running […]

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For Montanans, health literacy is more important than ever

By: - October 25, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions across the country, and Montana has not been spared. After the pandemic ravaged the state, President Joe Biden’s executive order to re-open the federal health care exchange allowed approximately 80% of Montanans to receive help paying their premiums and access testing and treatment for COVID-19. Even before the […]