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Texas family considers divorce to pay for daughter's healthcare bills

Texas family considers divorce to pay for daughter's healthcare bills

A Texas couple is considering divorce so they can afford the health care bills for their 6-year-old child, WFAA reports.

Maria and Jake Grey, whose daughter Brighton was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, said they spend up to $15,000 per year out of pocket on her care, WFAA.com reported. That's more than 30 percent of their annual income.

'When you have a newborn everything gets really stressful and you have to really adapt to somebody needing you 24/7. we've had a newborn for six and a half years, ' Maria said.

Because Jake, an Army veteran, makes $40,000 a year, the family doesn't qualify for Medicaid.

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. "It would be divorce".

"It's morally wrong, I feel like, and I think it's conflicting for me too, because I feel like what's happening to us is morally wrong", Mr Grey said. While state assistance is available, it is slow to trickle in, as lists often include thousands of patients, waiting for years - sometimes over a decade - to receive help.

The Greys say they're going public with their struggle to help raise awareness about their predicament and encourage others in a similar situation to speak up.

"We've just struggled and struggled with it, and now we've gotten to the point, where we feel [divorce] a real possibility", Mr.

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Jake Grey who is an Army veteran said the family has private health insurance, however, spends about Dollars 15,000 every year out of pocket.

Jake and Maria Grey are happily married with two children.

The couple said they have heard of other families in the same heartbreaking dilemma.

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

"Then we got the rainbows", Maria said.

"I can't imagine going through what we've been through with anybody else", Jake said.

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

"She is a pure and lovely soul", Maria said.


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