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      Traverse health clinic looking to expand

      The Traverse Health Clinic is seeing more patients walk through their doors.

      The Traverse Health Clinic is seeing more patients walk through its doors.

      This is because so many people in northern Michigan qualify for the Healthy Michigan Plan under the Affordable Care Act and many of them get turned away at private doctor's offices.

      While more Michigan residents enroll under the Healthy Michigan Act many private doctors offices are beginning to cap the number of Medicaid patients they take.

      The Traverse Health Clinic was just awarded a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City to help them expand its facility and services.

      The clinic is also looking to add more physicians.

      In Grand Traverse County alone there is an estimated 5,000 people that are eligible for the Healthy Michigan plan.

      The Traverse Health Clinic has already seen a 30 percent increase in patients this year and expects that to continue.

      "Our whole intent is that we can become the health care home for more people who live in this greater Grand Traverse region, who are currently going without access to care,â?? said executive director of Traverse Health Clinic, Arlene Brennan.

      While they are no longer a free clinic, they work closely with each patient to provide reduced fees based on family size and income.

      The clinic has already raised $6,300 for the matching grant and hopes to hit its goal of $150,000.

      To help contribute to the clinical care expansion you can go directly to clinic or call development director.