Jon is a staunch advocate for Montana's seniors, fighting to fund and protect Medicare, Social Security, Meals on Wheels and Senior Corps, initiatives that help seniors lead healthy, independent lives.
Jon believes Social Security is an essential benefit that seniors have paid into and earned over a lifetime of hard work. For many folks, it is their sole source of retirement income-so it has to be there for Montana's seniors when they need it. That's why Jon opposes any plan to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits. He's working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to make sure the program stays solvent-not just for today's seniors, but for their kids and grandkids as well.
Jon also knows Medicare ensures seniors have access to quality affordable health care, which is why he opposes any initiative that would cut Medicare or turn it into a voucher system. Instead, Jon is working to strengthen Medicare by making sure doctors and hospitals get fair reimbursement rates so that it is financially feasible for doctors to see older patients.
Montanans work hard to enjoy their retirement years, and that is why Jon has fought hard against attempts to charge Montanans in their 50's and 60's more for life saving health insurance.
March 12, 2021| View More
Tester, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate TRICARE Enrollment Fees for Retired Veterans
In an effort to protect military retirees' earned health care, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate TRICARE Select enrollment fees for veterans who retired prior to 2018.
December 11, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s landmark bill delivering benefits and care to Vietnam veterans suffering from diseases and conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange is headed to the President’s desk after passing the Senate today as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. Tester’s legislation …
December 9, 2020| View More
Senate Unanimously Passes Tester’s Historic Bill to Support Women Veterans in End-of-Year Veterans’ Package
The Senate unanimously passed provisions from 12 Tester-backed bills as part of an end-of-year veterans' package-including his historic legislation to address the needs of women veterans across the country.
November 23, 2020| View More
In a big win for Montana seniors who are more likely to be the target of malicious scams, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today celebrated the Senate’s passage of his bipartisan Senior Fraud Prevention Act. Tester’s legislation will direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish an office that will combat fraud …
August 28, 2020| View More
As part of his continued efforts to provide support to seniors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Montana will receive $9,797,300 to help 70 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities across the state increase testing, staffing, and bolster personal protective equipment needs.