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.
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.
August 12, 2020| View More
As a Montana Care Facility Suffers Outbreak, Tester Demands Expanded Aid for Senior Care Services, Medicaid in COVID Package
As the Canyon Creek Memory Care facility in Billings suffers from a widespread COVID-19 outbreak, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is leading a group of his colleagues in calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to ensure that any new coronavirus relief package includes needed investments in Medicaid, home and community-based services (HCBS), …
August 10, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced a bill that would enhance the ability of state and federal law enforcement officials to stop scammers from taking advantage of Montanans during the COVID-19 outbreak, and to better hold bad actors accountable for defrauding consumers.
August 4, 2020| View More
Tester Secures Nearly $1 Million to Help Seniors with Alzheimer’s in Missoula & Ravalli Counties Remain Independent
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Missoula Aging Services (MAS) will receive $996,415 in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to help seniors and those with developmental disabilities in Missoula and Ravalli Counties who have Alzheimer’s diseases or related dementias remain independent and in their homes.
July 23, 2020| View More
Senate Passes Tester-Backed Critical Defense Bill that Includes Key Tester Priorities for Malmstrom, Montana Air National Guard, Overdue Benefits for Agent Orange Exposure, Vets & Rural Mental Health
U.S. Senator Jon Tester secured a number of key defense priorities in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)-which passed the Senate today 86-14. The bill includes a number of important provisions championed by Tester that will strengthen military bases across the country, including Malmstrom Air Force Base …