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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 23, 2015 Casey Roy
May 22, 2015 Sally Chapman I am a triple negative survivor men should have the same access to healthcare that women do. Breast Cancer is Breast Cancer is does not discriminate young, old, male or female.
May 21, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 21, 2015 Joanna Rosenberg
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2015 Michelle Weld
May 12, 2015 Sharon Gillespie
May 12, 2015 Robert and Connie Dotson
May 11, 2015 Naomi Curtis
May 8, 2015 Marissa Boren
May 8, 2015 SUSAN O'KEEFE
May 7, 2015 Jennifer Clay
May 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) I am a breast cancer survivor
Apr 28, 2015 Luis Gustavo Sánchez Verduzco
Apr 28, 2015 Carol Murray
Apr 27, 2015 Tonya Green
Apr 27, 2015 Ronny Matney
Apr 27, 2015 RENEE COFFMAN
Apr 27, 2015 MARY PEARSON
Apr 27, 2015 Rose Rygiel
Apr 27, 2015 Sheila McDermott
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 Immanuel Spira
Apr 27, 2015 Katie Jenkinson
Apr 27, 2015 Dema Blood
Apr 27, 2015 Judith Ross
Apr 27, 2015 Kellie Hardeman
Apr 27, 2015 Crystal Hudson
Apr 27, 2015 marcia semon
Apr 27, 2015 Linda Mayers
Apr 27, 2015 Amie Bingle
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) I have breast cancer and the mother of two boys. Help the fight for both Men and Women....
Apr 27, 2015 Belinda Davis
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 Peta Reeby All men should be aware that they also are at risk
Apr 27, 2015 Anne Bekkers
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) Men should definitely get help if suffering with beast cancer such an awful disease
Apr 27, 2015 Gianfranco Frelli
Apr 26, 2015 Pamela You g It can be more devastating for a man he do not need the added stigma
Apr 26, 2015 Brenda Alston
Apr 26, 2015 Pamela Troop For mom and my aunt Carol.
Apr 25, 2015 Wendy Dennison Just because a cancer patient happens to be male doesn't mean there cancer is any less important. Medicaid needs to cover men as well as woman.
Apr 25, 2015 starlett jennings
Apr 25, 2015 Marc Conrad
Apr 25, 2015 Dianne McDaniel No one should be denied the appropriate care, we live in the riches nation in the world, and we take such poor care of those that need it the most.
Apr 25, 2015 Elizabeth Brown
Apr 25, 2015 Bonnie Lynn MacKinnon No one should be denied the appropriate care
Apr 25, 2015 Betty Lundin Betty Lundin
Apr 25, 2015 Antoinette Gonzales
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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