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Mar 29, 2019

National Health Care Leaders Award Tester for Support of Community Health Centers

Senator receives ‘Distinguished Community Health Champion Award’ for second year in a row

(Big Sandy, Mont.) - The National Association of Community Health Centers presented U.S. Senator Jon Tester with the Distinguished Community Health Champion Award this week for his work defending community health centers in Montana and across the country.

Tester was presented with the award while meeting with representatives from Montana's community health centers in Billings, Bozeman, Libby, Missoula, Havre, Kalispell, and Helena.

"Montana's community health centers are providing access to affordable care for folks all over the state-especially in rural areas," Tester said. "I am honored to receive this award and I will continue fighting to ensure Montanans are able to get the health care they need without breaking the bank."

Montana has approximately 40 community health centers that serve more than 100,000 patients each year. In their priorities for an upcoming funding bill, the representatives stressed the need to reauthorize critical investments in community health centers and support for workforce recruitment and retention programs.

Last year, Tester led the charge to secure nearly $1 million in funding for Montana's community health centers after the Community Health Center Fund expired. He was the only member of the Montana delegation to vote for this measure.

Earlier this year, Tester cosponsored the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act to mandate annual increases in community health center funding for the next five years.

Tester also received the Distinguished Community Health Champion Award in 2018.

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.


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


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


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


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


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


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

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