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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.


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May 17, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
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May 3, 2017 Beth O'Brien
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Apr 19, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 14, 2017 Michelle Dumar
Apr 14, 2017 Laura Harris
Apr 11, 2017 Kathryn Ewart
Apr 8, 2017 Lora Hamman
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Apr 2, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Apr 1, 2017 Ruth Ann Cave
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 30, 2017 April Kicinski
Mar 30, 2017 Kelly Garrett
Mar 26, 2017 Pat Carter This is discriminatory and wrong on every level. Fix this
Mar 26, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 24, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
Mar 23, 2017 Kay Limric
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Mar 16, 2017 Debbie White
Mar 14, 2017 kapil suranga
Mar 11, 2017 Patricia L. Ferich
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Mar 2, 2017 Jason Borda
Mar 1, 2017 Garry Lough
Feb 22, 2017 Linda Anderson
Feb 21, 2017 Julia Russo
Feb 18, 2017 Selena Millman
Feb 8, 2017 Paula Lewis
Feb 8, 2017 Raleigh koritz
Feb 8, 2017 Daisy Costa
Feb 5, 2017 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Feb 4, 2017 Ashley Waller
Jan 31, 2017 Diane Linklater
Jan 31, 2017 Jo Cairns What difference does the type of cancer make? This vile disease can affect anyone, so everyone should be covered.
Jan 27, 2017 Robert Owczarek
Jan 27, 2017 Lois Nottingham
Jan 23, 2017 julian zrnic
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Jan 19, 2017 Daisy Mancia
Jan 19, 2017 Ken stein
Jan 15, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Jan 14, 2017 Dalma Bugg

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