Monday, 23 July, 2018

Happily married couple considers divorce to get disabled daughter Medicaid

Parents of disabled daughter consider divorce to qualify for Medicaid, report says Army vet and wife consider divorce to afford daughter's health care
Celia Hoffman | 13 July, 2018, 01:25

Maria and Jake Grey of Sanger have a daughter with a rare chromosomal disorder.

Developmentally, she is still a newborn and requires around the clock care.

The family calls Brighton a lovely blessing.

They also have a two-year-old girl named Fairen to care for.

What do you do when you can't afford the "American dream"? "We've had a newborn for six and a half years", Maria told WFAA.

Married for nine years, Jake and Maria Grey are out of options for how to help their 6-year-old daughter. She has Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which triggers hearing and vision impairments, heart and kidney problems, and seizures, among other conditions. That's more than 30 percent of their annual income. The couple stated that they pay $15,000 a year out of pocket and they are still on a waiting list for state assistance, however, their number is 59,979. Some have been waiting up to 14 years.

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 just have struggled and struggled with it.

Dr. Thad Miller, a health care policy expert from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, stated that he has never heard of a family taking severe steps to receive healthcare.

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"It's very high", he said, calling it "extreme".

The family is thinking about getting a divorce so Ms.

He concluded: 'I think it speaks to our need to really re-think what we do and how - especially for the most vulnerable.

"For someone to make you choose between your marriage and your child is just - it's a really weird spot to be in".

"It's drowning us to try to keep up with her medical expenses", Jake Grey said.

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.

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

Jake and Maria Grey are happily married with two children.

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