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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

Oct 30, 2014 Teresa White
Oct 30, 2014 Audra Pancoast
Oct 30, 2014 GAYLE MIRICK
Oct 30, 2014 Sarah Fisher
Oct 30, 2014 Jeffrey Creech
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) Gender does not make any difference when it comes to breast cancer. Any insurance should pay for male and female breast cancer treatment.
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Hilda W. Gandia
Oct 30, 2014 Cee Dee
Oct 30, 2014 Charles Hernandez I see why can't men get approved in getting their test done for breast cancer, we have the same rights just like women get their breast checked .not right .
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Sharon Vickery
Oct 30, 2014 karen uhler My husband fought against breast cancer for 15 years. He lost his fight in August. We never had a problem because of him being male with a female disease but no one should.
Oct 30, 2014 Britany Phillips
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) Breast obviously isn't gender specific. How could coverage not be allowable? This is non-sensical!!!
Oct 30, 2014 Cristina Gates
Oct 30, 2014 Katie Gross Men and women should be treated equal. Cut the crap, Dr. Berwick. You should be ashamed of yourself!
Oct 30, 2014 Shirley Petersen
Oct 30, 2014 James McMullen
Oct 30, 2014 Vickie Herdman
Oct 30, 2014 Jordan DiRaimo
Oct 30, 2014 Amy Atkinson Men can get breast cancer. I have no idea why they would be refused treatment coverage by insurance, IF it would cover any other Cancer treatment they may need!
Oct 30, 2014 debora keen Men need to know that breast cancer isn't just a women cancer!!
Oct 30, 2014 Cindy McMullen
Oct 30, 2014 Teresa Sexton
Oct 30, 2014 Nancy Rittenhouse
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Lynn Savitt
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Erika Ranzi
Oct 30, 2014 Barbara Hagy-Miller
Oct 30, 2014 Marita Cato
Oct 30, 2014 Robbin Valerio
Oct 30, 2014 Nazeefa Hossain
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) We all have to fight. We all have breast women's are just a littles bigger is all.
Oct 30, 2014 Verna Kiefer
Oct 30, 2014 Cynthia Angulo
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Barbara Andrew Stop discrimination; give men the breast cancer coverage they need. Thank you
Oct 30, 2014 Elisabeth Läderach
Oct 30, 2014 Melissa Johnson
Oct 30, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Oct 29, 2014 Susan Shiels
Oct 28, 2014 Margaret Kevlon
Oct 26, 2014 Diane Gravette
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 Diane Anicker
Oct 21, 2014 Dawn Bowers
Oct 21, 2014 Nanette Clapp
Oct 20, 2014 Maria Simao

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