A happily married couple are considering filing for divorce to get their disabled daughter Medicaid and the health care she needs.
Texas couple Maria and Jake Grey told WFAA that their six-year-old daughter Brighton requires around-the-clock care because she suffers from a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which causes hearing and vision impairments, seizures, and heart and kidney problems.
Jake, an Army veteran, makes $40,000 annually, so the family doesn't qualify for Medicaid. The Greys applied for state assistance but don't expect to get it because of where they fall on the list.
"We're No. 60,000", Maria said.
That's why the couple is contemplating divorce. By divorcing, Maria would become a single, jobless mother of two and would qualify for Medicaid to help with their finances immediately. "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", Jake said.
Jake said: I can't imagine going through what we've been through with anybody else'.
"It's drowning us to try to keep up with her medical expenses", he said. "We've done everything we can do to try to keep her afloat, and we're going to reach a point where we can't do it and we won't have another option".
The couple told the news station they fork out up to $15,000 out of pocket each year.
"We are not looking for charity, we're not looking for money or donations". "I need the state to step up and give us the benefits that we need".
The Greys said that they know of other families who may make the same decision to support their children. They say they'll do whatever necessary to help their daughter.
"She is a pure and lovely soul", Maria said.