Services Abound for Undocumented
Klein’s office accepts payment plans according to the amount of work needed to be done. X-rays are additional costs. Appointments are a must.
Located just off Woodlawn is Mercy Community Care Dental Surgery, part of Montefiore Hospital. An appointment is required and the initial visit is $168, which is to be paid upfront.
“The $168 includes a check-up and x-ray,” said an employee at the surgery. Each visit after that depends on what work needs to be done.
“On the second visit we work out a payment plan with the patient,” she said.
Woodside Family Dental charges $45 for an initial consultation with the dentist. This price includes an examination, a cleaning and x-rays. A receptionist at the center told the Irish Voice that such a service usually costs $125.
Each appointment after that is priced individually depending on a patient needs. Although it’s preferred that a patient settle their bill at the end of each visit, if it’s a large amount is due then a payment method can be worked out over the course of a year.
For an undocumented woman who is pregnant, the Parental Care Assistance Program (PCAP) is available to care for the mother and child pre and post birth free of charge. PCAP offers complete pregnancy care and other health care services to women and teens who live in New York State. All hospitals participate in this program.
Another service greatly available is that of counselors. Both the Aisling Irish Community Center and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center have in house counselors available at various times in the week to meet with members of the Irish community who need someone to talk to.
Although the service is free of charge, sometimes patients, if they can afford to, will make a donation to the centers.
Irish run Emerald Counseling service located in Yonkers is a professional service that deals with issues varying from alcoholism and substance abuse to bereavement, marriage issues and stress.
The service is run by Noel and Robbin Clarke (Noel was born in Ireland) On the website (www.emeraldcounseling.com), it states that fees are based on an ability to pay, and each case is dealt with on its merit. It recommends a flat fee of $40 per session as a good starting point.
Project Irish Outreach, funded by the Irish government, is another service available through Catholic Charities that works closely with Irish immigrants in their time of need. Both Sister Christine Hennessy (Catholic Charities) with an office at the Aisling Center and Patricia O’ Callaghan (also with Catholic Charities) based in Manhattan are there to help the undocumented apply for Medicaid when necessary, or help petition certain hospitals for reduced rates for the undocumented.