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Gender shouldn't matter when it comes to treating breast cancer. Though breast cancer is less likely to occur for men, still, close to 2,000 men are diagnosed in the US each year. Raymond Johnson of South Carolina was denied coverage for breast cancer treatment by Medicaid on the grounds he's not female.

Male breast cancer, although less common, is no different than female breast cancer. In terms of prognosis, treatment, and the emotional effects, a diagnosis for a man carries the same weight as that for a woman. There is no scientific basis in refusing a man coverage simply because he is a man.

We have come a long way with gender equality, and not providing this man with the care he needs will only set us back — and more importantly, could have dire implications for his health.

Write to Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. demanding that he stop the discrimination and give men with breast cancer the coverage they need.

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Dear Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.,

I was shocked to learn that Medicaid denied coverage for a breast cancer patient. In a rare case, Raymond Johnson of South Carolina was diagnosed with male breast cancer, but Medicaid rules say that men are barred from coverage for this type of cancer.

Though it occurs much less frequently than in women, male breast cancer is no less serious or life changing. There is no scientific or biological reason that Raymond Johnson needs the treatment any less than any other woman with breast cancer.

I find it appalling that you would deny coverage simply based on gender. The United States has come a long way in the arena of gender equality, and your actions only serve to set us back.

Please reconsider your decision and help Raymond Johnson get on his road to treatment and recovery — just like you would do for a woman.


Petition Signatures

Dec 17, 2014 Janice Winston
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2014 Natalie Eastridge
Dec 16, 2014 Lisa Langcake
Dec 16, 2014 Carolyn Lovett-Hebert
Dec 16, 2014 Marjorie Coey Cancer of the breast should concern everyone and should not be genderized!
Dec 16, 2014 Agnieszka Gocek
Dec 16, 2014 Jennifer Teel My dad lost his battle with breast cancer. He chose to be tested for the BRCA gene knowing that if he was "+" he was most likely the reason my sister had just lost her battle with breast cancer. He & I were "+" and his test saved my life. He is my hero!
Dec 16, 2014 Yolanda Williams My husband was just diagnosed on December 5, 2015 with breast cancer. Though we have private insurance why should any man be denied receive treatment and the opportunity to live life any more than a woman. Breast cancer does NOT discriminate!
Dec 16, 2014 Ishea Sierra
Dec 16, 2014 Sharonda Jarrett
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) Men with breast cancer should have equal treatment as women do. Their insurance should pay for their mammograms if they have any, and if they don't have insurance men should qualify for assistance like women do.
Dec 16, 2014 Lydia Lafferty
Dec 16, 2014 Nancy Gutmann-Kelly
Dec 16, 2014 Maxine Jefferson EVERYONE DESERVES HELP!
Dec 16, 2014 Susan Crutchfield
Dec 16, 2014 Nola Ruble Please stop discriminating and provide the coverage and treatment needed for men!! Thank you!
Dec 16, 2014 Jennifer Egan
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) Men deserve the same as women. They can get breast cancer too. Take care of the MEN.
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 Megan Tatam In memory of my father, William F Doak, who had breast cancer at the age of 36.
Dec 15, 2014 Suzanne Green
Dec 15, 2014 Ellen Chambley Men or women desirve the same consideration from the ins. co. when it comes to such a killer as breast cancer!!!!!!!
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) my father & brother both had breast cancer
Dec 14, 2014 Sharon Folkerts WOMEN and MEN can get Breast Cancer.
Dec 14, 2014 Rhoda Dobson
Dec 14, 2014 Mary Bryant This is a very unjust decision. Men certainly can suffer from breast cancer. They have every right to help and comfort.
Dec 14, 2014 Robbin Valerio
Dec 14, 2014 Linda Lee
Dec 14, 2014 sandi peloquin
Dec 14, 2014 Adam Dominiak
Dec 14, 2014 Suzanne Moschini
Dec 14, 2014 Emily Dickinson-Adams
Dec 14, 2014 jennie matteson
Dec 14, 2014 Bianca Mansfield
Dec 14, 2014 Carol Boardman VERY WRONG
Dec 13, 2014 Kathleen Neely
Dec 12, 2014 mariann clark
Dec 12, 2014 Roger West
Dec 12, 2014 Erica Seelig
Dec 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2014 susan jacob
Dec 12, 2014 Beverly Hicks I was shocked to learn that Medicaid denied coverage for a breast cancer patient. Unbelievable !!.
Dec 12, 2014 Dmitri Kaminiar
Dec 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2014 Michèle DILICHEN
Dec 12, 2014 DAWN FLORI
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 12, 2014 Bruce Lang

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