This Couple Is Happily Married, But They're Considering Divorce to Pay for Their Daughter's Health Care Bills - NECN

This Couple Is Happily Married, But They're Considering Divorce to Pay for Their Daughter's Health Care Bills

"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"

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    Happy Couple Mulls Divorce to Pay for Daughter's Health Care

    A North Texas couple is considering getting divorced just to be able to pay for their daughter's spiraling health care costs. (Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

    A couple in Texas is considering getting divorced just to be able to pay for their daughter's spiraling health care costs, "Today" reported.

    Jake and Maria Grey of Sanger are happily married but his $40,000 salary means the family doesn't qualify for Medicaid, which they say is the only way they can afford treatments and care for their 6-year-old Brighton, born with the rare genetic disorder Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.

    Because of insurance limitations, the Grey's say they pay about $15,000 a year in out-of-pocket medical costs.  

    "It's easier to say what they don't cover than what they do," said Jake Grey, an Army veteran.

    After nine years of marriage, divorce is something they are considering. By doing so, Maria would qualify for Medicaid as a single, jobless mother of two.

    "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," said Jake Grey, an Army veteran.

    His wife said they don't want donations, just to get the benefits from the state that they need.