Happily married couple considers divorce to get disabled daughter Medicaid

Happily married couple considers divorce to get disabled daughter Medicaid

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. Brighton was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which leaves her needing full-time care.

A happily married couple are considering filing for divorce to get their disabled daughter Medicaid and the health care she needs. She suffers from hearing and vision impairments, seizures, and multiple organ problems.

Dr. Miller claimed that most Americans spend at least $600 dollars on health care a year but he does believe other families are in a similar situation to the Greys. If they were to divorce, Maria would appear as a single, jobless mother of two on paper, qualifying for state assistance. The Greys applied for state assistance but don't expect to get it because of where they fall on the list.

With not enough money to provide good treatment for their daughter, the couple is planning on a divorce, as that would Jake's wife Maria eligible for Medicaid.

"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 told WFAA.

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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. He says what's happening to his family is "morally wrong", but they will do whatever they can to help Brighton, who they say is a blessing. The couple fears they have no choice.

"We shouldn't have to make that sacrifice to get our child Medicaid", Grey said.

"For someone to kind of make you choose between your marriage and your child is just-it's just a really weird spot to be in", Jake 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. "We don't want a GoFundMe, we don't want any of that", Maria Grey said.

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

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