A Texas couple is considering getting divorced just so they can afford to pay their daughter's medical bills. Jake and Maria Grey have been married for nine years and never thought they'd end up contemplating divorce.
The couple's daughter, 6-year-old Brighton was born with a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Brighton requires round the clock care and suffers from vision impairment, hearing impairment and seizures. The couple also have a 2-year-old daughter named Fairen are consider themselves lucky to have each other. Which is why it's so shocking that they're considering divorce.
Despite having health insurance, Brighton's medical care still costs the Grey's as much $15,000 each year. That's about 30% of their household income. Jake is an Army veteran who makes about $40,000 a year, leaving the family ineligible to qualify for Medicaid. Maria told WFAA that her family is number 59,979 on the list for state assistance.
Divorce has become a reasonable option for the couple simply so they can afford their daughter's mounting medical costs. If the couple were to divorce Maria could list herself as a single, unemployed mother of two, making her eligible to qualify for Medicaid.
“It would just be to get a divorce. It would be to not be together to get our child what we need,” Maria told the news station.
“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 added.
Jake Grey told TODAY that this is a last resort for his family to be able to afford the health care his daughter needs.
"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. We don't know what to do."
What they need to do seems to be something they never thought they would consider — getting a divorce.
"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 said. “I need the state to step up and give us the benefits that we need."
The couple say they've gone public with their financial issues due to their lack of medical aid to raise awareness and to hopefully encourage others who are in the same predicament to speak up as well. They both insist they will do whatever they need to do to ensure Brighton continues to receive the care she needs.
“We promised to each other and to her that we’d do whatever we could do to make her life, however long she’s going to be with us, as good as possible,” Maria said.