Tester Urges Republicans and Democrats to Unite to Lower Cost of Health Care
Montana’s Senior Senator Calls on Congress to Quickly Debate His Six Health Care Improvement Bills
(Big Sandy, Mont.)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester today is urging Republicans and Democrats to unite and work together to lower the cost of health care for all Montanans.
Tester has been calling on both parties to work together on health care legislation and has sponsored numerous bills to lower the cost of health insurance premiums, stabilize insurance markets, protect access to Medicaid, and bring down the cost of prescription drugs.
Tester is now demanding his bills get an immediate hearing after the Senate’s attempt to upend the health care system failed on a bipartisan vote.
“The current system needs to be fixed and that’s only going to happen if Republicans and Democrats sit down and work together on solutions that lower the cost of health care for everyone,” Tester said. “I have brought some real health care improvement bills to the table, and I’m committed to finding more solutions, but I cannot and will not vote for anything that raises costs, kicks people off their health plans, and closes rural hospitals.”
Tester is calling on the Senate to quickly debate his six bills that will immediately improve the health care system, lower the cost of health care for Montanans, and stabilize insurance marketplaces.
Tester’s bills include:
- Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act
A bill to create a new permanent reinsurance program to help cover the claims of the sickest enrollees in the Marketplace.
- Marketplace Certainty Act
A bill to ensure the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stabilizes health insurance markets by making cost-sharing reduction payments.
- SPIKE ACT
A bill to force drug companies to publicly report detailed information when they raise the price of their drugs.
- SAME ACT
A bill to ensure Montana gets its fair share of Medicaid expansion funding.
- Restoring Rural Residencies Act
A bill to allow Medicare to reimburse residency programs for the time residents spend at Critical Access Hospitals.
- Addressing Affordability for More Americans Act
A bill to provide premium tax credits to working Montanans, who make too much money to qualify for existing tax credits, but still can’t afford health insurance.