Texas couple considers divorce to help pay for daughter's health care costs

13 July, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Parents of disabled daughter consider divorce to qualify for Medicaid, report says

The couple is financially struggling and if they divorce, the mother could file as a single and unemployed, which would qualify her for Medicaid.

Maria and Jake Grey, who live in Sanger, Texas, spend over $15,000 a year out of pocket - despite having health insurance - for daughter Brighton's health care.

The six-year-old has a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome and has hearing and vision impairments.

Jake Grey's $40,000 salary is too much for the family to receive Medicaid, and Maria Grey said they are No. 60,000 on the list to receive state assistance. "You really have to adapt to someone needing you 24/7, all the time", Maria explained.

People get divorced for plenty of reasons, but usually it's over issues that involve the couple's inability to happily stay together. "We've had a newborn for six-and-a-half years". In the wealthiest nation on the planet, a hard-working family must decide if they should end their marriage in order to pay for their child's medical expenses. The Greys applied for state assistance but don't expect to get it because of where they fall on the list.

"For a family like this, they really are in a tough spot, ' Miller said, calling the couple's out of pocket costs "very high" and 'shocking".

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"We've just struggled and struggled with it, and now we've gotten to the point, where we feel it's a real possibility", Jake said.

Thad Miller, DrPH, a professor at Fort Worth, Texas-based UNT Health Science Center, said he has never heard of a family seek divorce due to circumstances regarding healthcare.

Maria said she and her husband promised each other that they would do everything possible to make their daughter's life the best it can be for "however long she is going to be" with them. Today quoted Maria Grey as saying, "We shouldn't have to make that sacrifice to get our child Medicaid".

"We should've been married outside that day, but it rained", said Jake Grey as he looked at his wedding photos with his wife Maria.

So the couple are considering a drastic option: divorcing one another.

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