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Mar 30, 2017

Tester Slams Washington for Jeopardizing Women’s Health Clinics

Senator Votes to Protect Health Care Funding for Montana Families

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today blasted the U.S. Senate for narrowly voting against Montana families and rural communities.

Tester joined Republicans and Democrats in opposing the controversial, costly legislation that makes it easier for states to refuse critical Title X funding to certain women’s health clinics.

“This vote threatens clinics that serve thousands of Montanans and save taxpayers millions of dollars,” Tester said. “It means gutting the country’s only dedicated source of funding for family planning services and it jeopardizes health care in rural communities.”

Earlier this month, Tester wrote a letter to Senate leaders asking them not to bring today’s legislation to the floor for a vote.

“For women in every U.S. state and especially in rural and struggling communities, Title X health centers are a vital resource for preventive and primary care,” Tester wrote. “The recent vote in the House to overturn rules protecting Title X health care centers would deny women access to this care and permit discrimination against providers. We urge you to protect the health and wellbeing of millions of women by committing not to bring this harmful legislation to the Senate floor.”

Title X funding supports 28 health centers across Montana and provides care to almost 20,000 Montanans each year. Forty percent of Title X clients consider these clinics their only source of health care services. Title X is the country’s only federal grant program dedicated to providing low-income, rural, and underserved areas with family planning services and preventive health care, including:

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Contraceptive services
  • Cancer screenings
  •  STD testing
  • Health education and referrals

Without Title X funding, the rate of unintended pregnancies in Montana would increase by two-thirds. And all of this preventive care and education saves taxpayers money. In fact, every dollar invested in Title X saves taxpayers $7 in prevented health care costs. In 2010, Title X funding help save taxpayers $30 million in Montana alone.

Tester has been a strong advocate for women’s access to health care, voting to invest in Title X family planning services this year.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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