Traverse Health Clinic has its roots back to the mid 1970′s. At that time, we were known as the Community Health Clinic and were entirely a volunteer led organization providing free health services.
In 2005, the Clinic merged with a volunteer access program called the Grand Traverse Regional Health Care Coalition to provide not only on-site primary care for the uninsured, but a referral network to 500 volunteer providers, ensuring comprehensive care for patients. The organization then became known as the Traverse Health Clinic and Coalition and its flagship program was this network access program call the Coalition Health Access Program (CHAP). CHAP enrollment grew to an average of 1,800 people/month, and was available to residents of Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties who met specific income and asset criteria.
Having increased its safety net over the years, the Clinic simplified its name to Traverse Health Clinic and began expanding its programs and staff, thanks to a generous and increasing support of the mission in the community.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought tremendous changes to health care, and Traverse Health Clinic is no exception. Through the ACA, everybody now has access to some kind of health coverage. Since CHAP was created to provide for those without options for care, it is no longer needed, and has closed.
Today, Traverse Health Clinic remains a strong provider of high quality care in the region and is a Community Health Center.
We now accept people of all ages, from children to seniors, and those with insurance as well as those without.
We treat everyone, regardless of ability to pay, and offer a sliding fee scale for people who need financial assistance and meet guidelines. We remain true to our roots as a strong community safety net and will never turn anyone away because of inability to pay.