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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


Jul 22, 2014 Katherine Murdock
Jul 22, 2014 Jessie Bowen
Jul 22, 2014 Shelia Lirette
Jul 20, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 19, 2014 Elicia Beckerman
Jul 19, 2014 marla armstrong
Jul 18, 2014 Sue Chard
Jul 18, 2014 Kerry Avenell
Jul 18, 2014 kathleen molinari
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Jul 17, 2014 meghan follansbee
Jul 17, 2014 Alyssa Johns
Jul 17, 2014 Haley Shier
Jul 15, 2014 William Bennett
Jul 13, 2014 j.s. simpson
Jul 13, 2014 Nikos Nizamis
Jul 12, 2014 Carol Rabinovitch
Jul 11, 2014 Melissa Yang
Jul 11, 2014 JULIANNA BENEFIELD
Jul 10, 2014 Monique Lowther
Jul 10, 2014 Alyson Michelena
Jul 10, 2014 Kathryn LeMosy
Jul 10, 2014 Jill Pustorino
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Jul 8, 2014 Kenneth Sanchez
Jul 8, 2014 joan chovit
Jul 8, 2014 Claudia Difficile
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Jul 7, 2014 Charlotte Kelly
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Jul 6, 2014 Patricia Suárez
Jul 3, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Jul 3, 2014 ana perez
Jul 2, 2014 Kailey Nicholas
Jul 2, 2014 Carmen Algarra
Jul 2, 2014 Geneva Richardson
Jul 1, 2014 ANA DE LA CRUZ MARTINEZ
Jul 1, 2014 Deanna Coleman
Jul 1, 2014 Valeria Pires dos Santos
Jul 1, 2014 Valorie Henson You might want to omit the "any other woman" from the second paragraph of the petition. Not trying to be picky just trying to help.
Jul 1, 2014 michele cerrone
Jul 1, 2014 Giovanni Espinoza
Jun 30, 2014 Larizza Loo
Jun 30, 2014 Katia Alves
Jun 30, 2014 Donna Gensler
Jun 30, 2014 Maria Clara Dinorah
Jun 30, 2014 Jordi Estruells Chirivella
Jun 30, 2014 Stacey Cogburn

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