GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)- A local clinic that provides medical care for the uninsured is the latest victim of state budget cuts.
The Marillac Clinic's budget has been slashed $500,000, which is 1/7 of their operating budget, and that's a huge amount for them to overcome.
The clinic is hopeful that it won't have to revert to their worse case scenario, and slash eligibility requirements for their patients.
They are asking the community for help.
If the clinic were to change their program, it could affect people like Tammy Schmidt who rely on Marillac for all their health care. Schmidt say" it would be heartbreaking it would it would affect me it would affect a lot of people."
Steve hurd, executive director at the marillac clinic, is asking everyone in the community for support to make up for the shortfall.
Hurd explains, 'Our community has long supported us and now that we have a special need, I really do believe that our community will come forth and support us during this difficult transition.'
If the clinic doesn't receive necessary donations, their patients could see changes in their health care, including having group visits and loss of medical care.
Hurd says they don't want to cut eligibility but, "if we absolutely had to face a worse scenario, we would probably have to reduce our eligibility criteria."
Changing eligibility requirements from incomes of $55,000 per family to $44,000 is something they don't want to consider
'We don't plan to cut...We expect that we will be supported by community and we will turn over every rock to replace what we were cut by the state.'
The Marillac Clinic says another round of cuts may come by the end of the year, which could make providing multiple services like emergency care, routine check ups, dental and eye care tough accommodate.
A link to their website is attached.