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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

Nov 27, 2015 Walter Sumoski
Nov 27, 2015 maria teresa teixeira
Nov 27, 2015 Jacqueline DuFoe I CARE!
Nov 27, 2015 Ronald Tanguy
Nov 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2015 Doug Besso
Nov 27, 2015 Virginia Dempsey
Nov 27, 2015 Erin Burkey
Nov 27, 2015 Karl Mortimer
Nov 27, 2015 Jerry Norton
Nov 27, 2015 Rosalba Cardea
Nov 27, 2015 NS Gordon Do the right thing.
Nov 27, 2015 ben keukens ok
Nov 26, 2015 Chris Hunter
Nov 26, 2015 Roselyne Jorge
Nov 26, 2015 Tory Tretiak
Nov 26, 2015 Patrizia Cordoni
Nov 26, 2015 fabienne bigot
Nov 26, 2015 christina bergstrΓΆm
Nov 25, 2015 Florence Crutcher Gender doesn't matter...quality of life does.
Nov 25, 2015 mary Romero May God be with them in their heally
Nov 25, 2015 Avrey Baron
Nov 25, 2015 Tim Stein
Nov 25, 2015 Ilecia Hanson Medicaid refusing to treat a man for breast cancer, just because they are men, is definetly prejudice. Sounds like lawsuits to me!!!
Nov 25, 2015 Kim Ebmeier I'm sick of insurance companies & politicians overruling doctors & necessary preventative exams that could save thousands of dollars/lives later. Please stop this & think of the PATIENTS. God forbid it effects you or your loved ones. Please reconsider!!!
Nov 25, 2015 elisa elsa harmath
Nov 25, 2015 Dana Hakim
Nov 25, 2015 George Panek
Nov 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2015 barbara skinner
Nov 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2015 Audrey Hall
Nov 25, 2015 Sue Offenbecker, EdDc, MSN RN
Nov 25, 2015 Mckenzee Millett
Nov 25, 2015 JAY MOHR
Nov 25, 2015 Amber Caine
Nov 25, 2015 Tracey Jordan Men have breasts and can get breast cancer just like women do.
Nov 25, 2015 Simone Maarouf LG Simone
Nov 25, 2015 Gill Reeves
Nov 25, 2015 Cheryl Moore
Nov 25, 2015 Amanda Lane
Nov 25, 2015 melanie archer
Nov 25, 2015 Judith Werkstell
Nov 25, 2015 Sheila Welch Don't discriminate against men who get breast cancer!!! YES, it happens and they should be covered!!! It's time to make people aware and time to step up and care for ALL WITH BREAST CANCER!!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
Nov 25, 2015 Kimberly Fenili
Nov 25, 2015 jerry rulejr
Nov 25, 2015 Cathy McCauley
Nov 25, 2015 rodrigo torres
Nov 25, 2015 Dorothy ramos
Nov 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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