Texas Parents Consider Divorce to Afford Child's Health Care

Henrietta Strickland
July 12, 2018

The pair told WFAA that Brighton suffers hearing and vision impairment and well as seizures as a result of the disorder that has severely delayed her growth and development. One couple in Texas, however, is considering divorce out of necessity for their child's well-being, a reflection of how desperate many people in our country have become when it comes to attaining adequate health care.

People get divorced for plenty of reasons, but usually it's over issues that involve the couple's inability to happily stay together.

It was nine years ago they took their wedding vows on a handsome Florida beach.

Jake and Maria Grey told NBC's "Today" that Brighton, the older of their two daughters, has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a developmental disability that requires 24/7 care. Jake and Maria Grey have been married for nine years. The couple's family said they spend $15,000 a year on her medical expenses and with the father's $40,000 salary, they don't qualify for Medicaid, which has now left their family financially fragile. They've applied for state assistance - but they're number 59,979 on the waiting list, they said.

"We're No. 60,000", Maria said.

They report spending up to $15,000 per year out of pocket on Brighton's health care needs, even with health insurance.

The family spends 30 percent of its annual income on their daughter's health care.

Because of that the Greys are considering a divorce, so that Maria Grey becomes, at least under the law, a single, unemployed mother of two little children - and, thus, eligible for Medicaid. "We don't know what to do".

"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".

"We are not looking for charity, we're not looking for money or donations. We don't want a GoFundMe, we don't want any of that", Maria Grey said.

"I can't imagine going through what we've been through with anybody else", Jake said. They say they'll do whatever necessary to help their daughter. Maria stated that she would feel anxiety checking the mail as she feared what bill would arrive that they couldn't pay. "We're lucky to have that and I wouldn't change that for anything".

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