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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

Mar 3, 2015 Carrie Sheeran
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Julie Nierenberg
Mar 3, 2015 Mary Ann Jacobsen
Mar 3, 2015 Janice Banks
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) breast cancer is breast cancer doesn't matter women or men, should be covered anyway!!
Mar 2, 2015 Heather Elamon
Mar 1, 2015 Tara Callan
Mar 1, 2015 rebecca koo
Mar 1, 2015 Kristen Corey
Mar 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Everyone deserves coverage regardless of the type of cancer! I thought we had evolved beyond this. Please prove that we have.
Mar 1, 2015 Sondra Camadine
Mar 1, 2015 Linda Harkey
Mar 1, 2015 Doris Shambley-Washington Cancer is Cancer no matter what is the gender of an individual! Stop refusing treatment and find the cure!
Mar 1, 2015 Linda Duerr Men have breasts therefore men can get breast cancer. Help free up insurance money for these men to obtain breast cancer coverage.
Mar 1, 2015 Lynn Bingel
Mar 1, 2015 Christina Michael
Mar 1, 2015 holly costa
Mar 1, 2015 Jana-Lee Hofmann
Mar 1, 2015 carolyn marlin
Mar 1, 2015 amber fowler
Mar 1, 2015 Luis Estrada
Mar 1, 2015 Hazell Perez
Mar 1, 2015 Liz Loggins
Feb 28, 2015 Jean Giroulx
Feb 28, 2015 Dolores Cohenour
Feb 27, 2015 Judy Humphrys Cancer is cancer. As an M.D. you should know that. Gender discrimination is not appropriate in consideration of any medical issue.
Feb 27, 2015 Roger West
Feb 27, 2015 Ramona Lara
Feb 27, 2015 Rhian Parker
Feb 27, 2015 Brittany Paral
Feb 27, 2015 Kathy Snawder
Feb 27, 2015 Susan Evans
Feb 27, 2015 rachel orleck
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) I have a nephew with breast cancer. Please do not deny men coverage for breast cancer. It is time for you to change your policies.
Feb 27, 2015 Norma McGill
Feb 27, 2015 Elisabeth Hatt
Feb 27, 2015 Nancy Christine Meyer
Feb 27, 2015 Cindy Holland Men need medical coverage for breast cancer too...are you using gender inequality to determine who can claim medical coverage for breast cancer???
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 chenie kaur
Feb 27, 2015 Eric Millard Cancer is cancer. If a patient has cancer of any kind, Medicaid should cover treatment. At no point should gender even be considered.
Feb 27, 2015 Betty Dunn Breast cancer is serious and it does not matter what gender or age you are when you get it! ALL people should be covered!!!!
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Donna Matthews
Feb 27, 2015 Maria Lucas
Feb 26, 2015 emilio leone
Feb 26, 2015 Sabrina Simington
Feb 26, 2015 douglas Petrey

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