Health Care

Jon is working to increase access to quality and affordable health care in urban, rural, and Tribal communities across Montana and he is a leading advocate in Congress to lower the costs of prescription drugs.

Jon successfully led the push to close a loophole that will lower out-of-pocket costs for consumers and save Medicare beneficiaries an estimated $21.3 billion over the next ten years by preventing corporate middlemen from retroactively charging rural pharmacies excessive fees for prescription drugs.

As a third generation Montanan who grew up in a frontier community, Jon knows that access to health care in rural America can be the difference between life and death. That’s why he wants to make sure that regardless of whether folks get hurt in the oil fields of the Bakken, skiing near Yellowstone, or farming in Fort Benton, they have affordable health care options nearby.

Jon fought tooth and nail for more than $68 million for 322 Montana health care providers in the American Rescue Plan Act, to help rural providers across the Treasure State keep the lights on and provide critical care to families and communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jon has led the charge to permanently expand telehealth services for rural communities and veterans, and he also successfully led the push to create and fund 1,000 medical residency slots that will bring young doctors to train and work in rural communities.

Protecting Medicare for seniors and Medicaid for working families is critical to Montana’s future. Folks have paid into Medicare their whole lives, and they shouldn’t have the rug pulled out from under them by Washington politicians. That’s why Jon will protect Medicare from being privatized or turned into a voucher system.

Tester Provision Will Hold Massive PBM Corporations Accountable, Lower Drug Costs for Patients
Senator’s amendment would prevent PBMs from charging retroactive clawback fees that raise costs for rural pharmacies and patients As part of his continued push to lower health care costs and hold massive corporations accountable, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week...
Tester Secures $1 Million to Address Mental Health Crisis in Montana
Funding will come from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured $1 million to address the ongoing mental health crisis in Montana through his Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Tester pushed for Montana to be...
Tester Secures $38 Million for New Rural Hospital in White Sulphur Springs
USDA loan funding to replace Mountainview Medical Center, serve nearly 1,900 Montanans U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $38,250,000 in USDA Rural Development loan funding to replace and renovate Mountainview Medical Center in White Sulphur Springs as a result of...