Texas Parents Consider Divorce to Afford Child's Health Care

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 12, 2018

A Texas couple said they are considering getting divorced so that they can qualify for better health care coverage to help pay for the needs of their disabled 6-year-old daughter. Brighton, the oldest of their two daughters, suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder that causes hearing and vision impairments, seizures, heart and kidney problems, and more.

"She will not be able to be on her own ever and requires 24/7 care", Maria Grey said. The couple's family said they spend $15,000 a year on her medical expenses, and with Jake's $40,000 salary, they don't qualify for Medicaid.

"We're No. 60,000", Maria said.

The happily married couple have been forced to consider the option of divorce because their child's health comes first. If they were to divorce, Maria would appear as a single, jobless mother of two on paper, qualifying for state assistance.

'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'.

Jake said: I can't imagine going through what we've been through with anybody else'. 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 are not looking for charity, we're not looking for money or donations".

The Greys said that they know of other families who may make the same decision to support their children. "I need the state to step up and give us the benefits that we need".

Maria was reduced to tears as she spoke about her anxiety each time she would walk to the mail box.

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