Army vet and wife consider divorce to afford daughter's health care

Parents of disabled daughter consider divorce to qualify for Medicaid, report says

The couple has tried to get Medicaid to help with spiraling medical costs but Jake earns too much - $40,000 - for the family to qualify.

'We promised each other and to her that we would do whatever we could do to make her life - however long she is going to be with us - as good as possible, ' Maria said, adding that they 'wouldn't have made it this far without each other'. Even with health insurance, the family spends $15,000 per year out of pocket. Mr.

"We should've been married outside that day, but it rained", said Jake Grey as he looked at his wedding photos with his wife Maria.

Jake and Maria Grey have two children.

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.

The couple told the news station they fork out up to $15,000 out of pocket each year. 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. "I used to get anxiety just opening the mail", said Maria on WFAA, saying she always anxious about what medical bills would come. "We don't want a GoFundMe - we don't want any of that", Maria said.

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

Jake said he feels like what is happening to his family is "morally wrong".

Dr. Thad Miller, a health care policy expert at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, also said he has never heard of a family going to the extent of divorce.

"It's just shocking, and I really think it speaks to our need to really rethink what we do and how especially for the most vulnerable", Dr. Miller told WFAA.

The Greys got married nine years ago on a Florida beach. One couple in Texas, however, is considering divorce out of necessity for their child's well-being, a reflection of how desperate many people in our country have become when it comes to attaining adequate health care.

"Then we got the rainbows", Maria said. "I need the state to step up and give us the benefits that we need".

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