Happily married couple considers divorce to get disabled daughter Medicaid

Brighton has a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome and has hearing and vision impairments

"You know, when you have a newborn, everything gets really stressful". You really have to adapt to someone needing you 24-7 all the time. 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. She also has hearing and vision impairments, as well as seizures.

The Greys, who have been married for nine years, said that Jake's $40,000 income as an Army veteran disqualifies them for Medicaid, and that 30 percent of their collective income now goes toward Brighton's care. 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. Some have been waiting up to 14 years.

"For a family like this, they really are in a tough spot, ' Miller said, calling the couple's out of pocket costs "very high" and 'shocking".

So the Greys are considering something extreme in order to afford their child's care.

"We shouldn't have to make that sacrifice to get our child Medicaid", Maria Grey said. "We don't want a GoFundMe, we don't want any of that", Maria Grey said.

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.

"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 said. We asked him to compare that to what the Greys spend caring for their daughter.

The family is thinking about getting a divorce so Ms. "It would be to not be together to get our child what we need", Maria said.

The couple told the news station they fork out up to $15,000 out of pocket each year. 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.

Maria said she and her husband promised each other that they would do everything possible to make their daughter's life the best it can be for "however long she is going to be" with them.

It was nine years ago they took their wedding vows on a lovely Florida beach.

Jake and Maria Grey are happily married with two children.

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