A health clinic serving people who are uninsured and underinsured in the Grand Traverse region is cutting back programs and staff.
Leaders at the Traverse Health Clinic say community support continues to grow, but so far fundraising only accounts for about nine percent of the budget.
Meanwhile Executive Director Arlene Brennan says fewer patients are qualifying for help under federally funded programs.
With the loss of revenue for the clinic, Brennan says the organization will substantially cut back on paying for patient prescriptions.
The innovative CHAP program, a program designed as an alternative to insurance, will also now have enrollment caps.
"We will probably, for various short periods of time, not accept any new enrollees in CHAP," she says.
Brennan says the organization is responding to current revenue shortfalls, and some anticipated shortfalls related to federal health reform.
"What we are trying to do is ensure that our on-site primary care clinic continues as it is," she says. "It's open five days a week. It'll continue to serve all existing people who go there for primary care, and we will be accepting new individuals as well."
The clinic serves people who are uninsured and underinsured in a three-county region.