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PostThe Last Outlaw on Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:01 am


From NBC's TODAY

Eun Kyung Kim of NBC's TODAY wrote:Jake and Maria Grey are happily married with two children. But they’re considering a divorce, for the sake of one of their kids.

The Texas couple say it’s the only way their developmentally disabled daughter can qualify for Medicaid and get the health care she needs.

The Greys got married nine years ago on a Florida beach. They have since become the proud parents of two daughters, 2-year-old Fairen and 6-year-old Brighton, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Developmentally still a newborn, Brighton requires around-the-clock attention.

"She will not be able to be on her own ever and requires 24/7 care," Maria Grey said.

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. The Greys applied for state assistance but don't expect to get it because of where they fall on the list.

“We’re No. 60,000,” Maria said.


“You try anything when it comes to your child,” says Maria Grey, with daughter Brighton.

That’s why the couple is contemplating divorce. It would allow Maria to become a single, unemployed mother and qualify her for Medicaid. The couple said it may be the only way the family could get the help they need to care for Brighton.

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

Jake Grey, an Army veteran, said the family has private health insurance but they still spend about $15,000 every year out of pocket.

"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."


Jake and Maria Grey got married nine years ago.

The couple said they have heard of other families in the same heartbreaking dilemma.

“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 Greys say they're going public with their struggle to help raise awareness about their predicament and encourage others in a similar situation to speak up. They say they'll do whatever necessary to help their daughter.

"She is a pure and beautiful soul,” Maria said. “We're lucky to have that and I wouldn't change that for anything."

You know things are unfair and unjust when a happily married couple considers divorcing in order to pay for their daughter's health care costs.  This is America?  This was what I was referring to in FREE BYTE about how there's no good in America. There's good, but it's up to us to let it out.  There should be someway to take care of this without forcing a couple to split in order to do it.

Maria Grey is right when she said that she and her husband shouldn't have to make that kind of sacrifice in order for them to get Medicaid.  It's not right on any level.

Times are changing, but apparently, we, as a people are not.

Just saying.

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Postqueenzelda on Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:14 pm

I saw a news report a few days ago where an older couple had to get a divorce because the husband couldn't afford to pay for his wife's medical bills anymore. He still travels to see her everyday, but he can't live with her because if he does then she won't get her benefits. It's getting to the point in America where if your married & have a health condition that you need constant care for, you better hope you or your husband has a great health care plan or else 'screw you'; is the way it seems. Sad really.

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PostThe Last Outlaw on Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:24 pm

You're right. This is sad.

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Postqueenzelda on Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:29 pm

The good news is that a lot of places have excellent health care. Being that the husband in the opening story is in the military, I'm sure once they get wind of his story: I almost bet they'll come to their aid. I've seen it happen before. (So don't give up hope.)

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