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Jun 24, 2017

Tester Hosts In-Person Town Hall to Hear from Montanans About Health Care

On his Statewide Health Care Tour, Senator Meets Face-to-Face with Montanans in Great Falls

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(Great Falls, Mont.)­­ - U.S. Senator Jon Tester held another public, in-person town hall today to hear directly from Montanans about the recently released Senate health care bill.

Tester is the only member of Montana's congressional delegation holding face-to-face town halls with the public.

After 13 Senators drafted the controversial, so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act in secret, they finally released the legislation for the public to read just days before a Senate vote.

“This public town hall was another important opportunity to hear from the people of Montana about what’s at risk if the Senate passes this reckless bill, which drives up health care costs, takes away coverage, and gives tax breaks to the very wealthy,” said Tester. “Health care impacts every man, woman, and child in our state and this legislation will take us back to the days where folks got sick and couldn’t afford life-saving medical care. We need to make improvements to our current health care system, not kick thousands off their health insurance plans and jack up rates for Montana families.”

The health care plan, which many health providers oppose, faces a Senate vote next week. The legislation does the following things:

  • Imposes an age tax on folks in their 50s and 60s.
  • Cuts Medicaid, threatening coverage for 250,000 Montanans.
  • Threatens coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions.
  • Raises long-term out-of-pocket health care costs.
  • Gives tax breaks to corporations & wealthy individuals.

In addition to regular face-to-face meeting with Montanans, Tester also hosts frequent tele town halls and online town halls to connect directly with Montanans.

Tester has spent the last seven months on a statewide health care tour. From Plentywood to Billings to Butte and Libby, Tester has held over a dozen health care listening sessions in every corner of the state.

To read a summary of the Better Care Reconciliation Act click HERE.

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

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
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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