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.
April 22, 2021| View More
Chairman Tester, Ranking Member Moran Lead Public Service Announcement Urging Veterans to Get Vaccinated
To better protect communities nationwide from the coronavirus, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are leading a bipartisan public service announcement (PSA) encouraging veterans and their families to get vaccinated.
April 16, 2021| View More
Tester, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to End Unfair Offset of Military Retiree Pay and Disability Benefits for Veterans
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are introducing bipartisan legislation to end the unfair offset of retirement pay and disability benefits for nearly 400,000 military retirees.
April 15, 2021| View More
As Vaccine Availability Increases, Tester Tackles Vaccine Hesitancy in Montana at Commerce Hearing Today
At a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on communicating accurate vaccine information to Americans today, U.S. Senator Jon Tester discussed with panel of expert witnesses how best to address the number of Montanans declining to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
April 6, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough continued their Montana tour today with a visit to the Southwest Montana Veterans Home where they heard directly from veterans, staff, and community leaders.
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.