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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

May 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2016 Maurice Baymon I had a lumpectomy and, like women, I had to wait three days for the results of the biopsy. Only, in the interim, the surgeon explained that the five year survival rate for men with breast cancer is only 5%. Men need coverage too!
May 28, 2016 Deb Lee Dugan
May 28, 2016 Stephanie Vorse
May 28, 2016 Maria Julia Monteiro Jaleco
May 28, 2016 Alyce Fielding
May 25, 2016 Zephanie Locker-Lampson
May 25, 2016 Karen Rytlewski
May 24, 2016 David Sickles
May 18, 2016 Rob Dexter
May 14, 2016 Barb Gleich Men get breast cancer too. Please make sure Medicaid cover the cost to try to cure this. What if you had it?
May 13, 2016 Mika Stonehawk
May 12, 2016 Melinda Funk
May 12, 2016 Donna Paden
May 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 8, 2016 Martha W D Bushnell
May 4, 2016 Mark Turner
May 4, 2016 Rosemary Murray
Apr 28, 2016 Margaret Randall
Apr 27, 2016 Mick McMahon
Apr 26, 2016 lorene wartick
Apr 26, 2016 Davor Maznik
Apr 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2016 Margaret Ann Meyer
Apr 20, 2016 Karen Dunson
Apr 20, 2016 Sue Dunson-Reggio
Apr 20, 2016 Karen Reggio
Apr 20, 2016 yves favreault
Apr 19, 2016 Alan Simon
Apr 19, 2016 Kenyetta James
Apr 19, 2016 Dawn Jessen This needs to be covered for BOTH WOMEN & MEN. SHAMEBON YOU FOR SHAMING MEN
Apr 19, 2016 Amy Ingalls
Apr 19, 2016 Sherry Jones
Apr 19, 2016 Noreen James
Apr 19, 2016 Laura Andrade
Apr 19, 2016 Elaine M Lugo
Apr 19, 2016 Ginger Pena I believe if you were diagnosed with cancer whether you be male or female, all patients should be treated equally. My father had a mammogram & if it had been malignant, we would have wanted the same treatment for him as I received when I had breast cance
Apr 19, 2016 Paula Miller My sister has cancer
Apr 19, 2016 JOHN NOSTER
Apr 19, 2016 Michelle Lucas Cancer doesn't discriminate and neither should you!!!
Apr 19, 2016 Lisa Meyers
Apr 18, 2016 Barbara Harpe
Apr 18, 2016 Giulia Palmioli
Apr 18, 2016 frank schembri
Apr 18, 2016 leila sen
Apr 17, 2016 Jo Pfeffer
Apr 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2016 Abigail Pulford
Apr 17, 2016 Debra Bethune
Apr 17, 2016 John MacPhail

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