Helena Community Health Center Receives $625,000 Investment

Tester Warns This Kind of Funding Could Be Eliminated if the Affordable Care Act is Repealed

(U.S. Senate) – Senator Jon Tester today announced that the PureView Health Center in Helena will receive $625,000 to continue providing critical, low-cost health care to Helena residents.

“As Congress debates ripping away health care from thousands of Montanans, community health centers across our state are still providing quality, low-cost health care to thousands of Montanans thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” Tester said. “This investment is a stark reminder of what’s at stake for community health centers like PureView if Congress recklessly dismantles our health care system without any plan for a replacement.”

“PureView Health Center serves over 7,000 patients per year, of which 57 percent are below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. More than 70 percent of this funding is tied to Affordable Care Act funding,” said PureView Executive Director Jill-Marie Steeley. “While we are extremely appreciative of this funding we remain concerned that should the Affordable Care Act be repealed, it will greatly affect our ability to provide health care to our community members in need.”

The newly-announced funding comes from the Community Health Center Fund, created by the Affordable Care Act. If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, Montana’s 17 Community Health Centers that serve over 100,000 Montanans a year would face the loss of 70 percent of their funding.

This includes Community Health Centers located in:

  • Billings
  • Butte
  • Chinook
  • Cut Bank
  • Great Falls
  • Hamilton
  • Hardin
  • Havre
  • Helena
  • Kalispell
  • Lewiston
  • Libby
  • Livingston
  • Miles City
  • Missoula
  • Shelby

You can read more about #WhatsAtRisk if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act HERE.