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Oct 11, 2019

Tester Secures Nearly $1.2 Million for Montana Community Health Centers

Funds will help improve oral health care infrastructure at four Montana centers

(Livingston, Mont.) - Continuing his years-long push to ensure all Montanans have access to affordable health care, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $1,191,355 in Department of Health and Human Services grants for four Montana community health centers. These grants come as funding for community health centers is again set to expire on November 21 if Congress does not act.

"These funds will help ensure our community health centers can continue to meet the needs of Montanans, even when dysfunction in Washington once again threatens their ability to provide care to folks across our state," said Tester. "These centers are absolutely critical to the health and safety of Montanans, and Congress needs to do its job and reauthorize sustainable community health center funding."

Montana ranks 43rd in the nation in oral health, and these funds will be used to help health centers to expand their oral health service capacity through new infrastructure enhancements such as modernizing existing facilities, purchasing dental and radiology equipment, increasing oral health integration in to centers' primary care, and procuring mobile dental units to increase access to care.

The community health centers receiving funding are as follows:

  • Bighorn Valley Health Center (Hardin): $300,000
  • Community Health Care Center (Great Falls): $300,000
  • PureView Health Center (Helena): $300,000
  • Partnership Health Center (Missoula): $291,355
Tester has been a steadfast supporter of community health centers and improving Montanans' access to health care. He was instrumental in crafting a bipartisan budget deal that reauthorized and increased funding for community health centers last year. In March, Tester was recognized for the second year in a row as a national champion for community health centers and an advocate for Montana's patients and medical professionals by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

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. He was the only member of Montana's delegation to vote to fund community health centers last 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

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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