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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Aug 31, 2014 Mariam Andalibi
Aug 30, 2014 Sheila Duncan
Aug 28, 2014 Marie Feeney As a nurse with 30 years experience, I can attest to the occurrence of breast cancer in males. It is a devastating diagnosis regardless of your gender and deserves equal coverage and support from all healthcare providers and insurance carriers.
Aug 27, 2014 Allen Dorney
Aug 26, 2014 Debra Wilson
Aug 21, 2014 Suzan De jong
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Adrianna Alatorre
Aug 20, 2014 Donna Nelson
Aug 20, 2014 Robin kirk
Aug 20, 2014 Tamyra Bier
Aug 20, 2014 Vivian Ornelas Support
Aug 19, 2014 Iris Chynoweth
Aug 19, 2014 Shane Curtis
Aug 19, 2014 Angela Howard
Aug 19, 2014 Stephanie Madrid
Aug 19, 2014 R. Denis Cole
Aug 19, 2014 lisa sheppard
Aug 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2014 michelle saenz Men should have equal rights too. This is a devastating diagnosis for women alone but, how about the men? Its not a womans disease but, a breast disease. Something needs to happen. Or will it only be an issue once it hits home?
Aug 19, 2014 linda tracton
Aug 19, 2014 Jade Hudon
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 Donna Gleaves Medical procedures must meet the needs of males and females ,,, progress should NOT be gender-appropriate.
Aug 18, 2014 Nancy Cohagan
Aug 18, 2014 Keiko Hayashi Gender equality is just as important for men as women!
Aug 18, 2014 Robin P Foutz
Aug 18, 2014 Mai Ling Price
Aug 18, 2014 V Love
Aug 18, 2014 Janet Malvone
Aug 18, 2014 Maria Najar Everyone should be allowed to get help, everyone should be allowed to be well informed!
Aug 18, 2014 Anita Epperson
Aug 18, 2014 Barbara Miller what What difference does it make if your man or woman, it's cancer it doesn't choose sexes it chooses humans and it should be paid for by your insurance. You are paying for the insurance.
Aug 18, 2014 Andrea Sproston
Aug 18, 2014 Mercedes DIMAIO
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 Lynn Fennell
Aug 18, 2014 Midge Ridgway It is rare, but men can and do get afflicted with this deadly condition. So they count too! Have a great day.
Aug 18, 2014 Margaret Walker
Aug 18, 2014 Stephanie Adkins Females or males with breast cancer should be offered the same treatment.
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) Change your rules when it comes to male breast cancer coverage. A disease is a disease, the genger should not matter in the sense of saving a valvable life.
Aug 18, 2014 Gina Barnett A very dear male friend of mine had breast cancer & now is facing it again. There is no support for men but his family & friends
Aug 18, 2014 melissa blackwood
Aug 18, 2014 Lisa Flores
Aug 18, 2014 sandra fanning
Aug 18, 2014 Dave Garcin
Aug 18, 2014 Erika Easley Men deserve the same care and seriousness as women when it comes to breast cancer.
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 Kristy Oliver
Aug 18, 2014 Lesley Rigby

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