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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

Jun 19, 2016 Lisa Drolet
Jun 17, 2016 Mira Bekkouch
Jun 17, 2016 Irene Souder-Coyle Cancer is cancer! What difference should it make where it occurs and what gender?
Jun 16, 2016 Dat Tran
Jun 16, 2016 RICKY SLOAN
Jun 13, 2016 Sherry Horne Taylor Men deserve the same medical care that women get. It must be a male denial that other men can have what most people consider a women's disease. Help men with breast cancer!!
Jun 7, 2016 Jenny Geyer
Jun 6, 2016 Erica Sussman Men need insurance too!!!!
Jun 5, 2016 Rebecca Morgan Breast Cancer does not discriminate, it invades Children, Men and Woman. All of us deserve the best treatment and health coverage.
Jun 5, 2016 Tina Ware Breast cancer is breast cancer! It does not matter if you're a man and woman or child it's still breast cancer! If you're only covering breast cancer for women than that is being prejudiced against men
Jun 5, 2016 Annamaria Ugolotti
Jun 5, 2016 LM Thomas
Jun 5, 2016 Robert Cox All insurance companies should not discriminate against men. Mamagrams for men should be covered also
Jun 5, 2016 Teddie Hollinger
Jun 5, 2016 Nancy Lichtenstein
Jun 5, 2016 Jean Simons
Jun 5, 2016 Marga Childs
Jun 5, 2016 Angela Jensen
Jun 5, 2016 Adelina Jaudal
Jun 5, 2016 Linda Esperas
Jun 5, 2016 Carmel Shaw
Jun 5, 2016 ernesto meloni
Jun 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) We all should be treated equal
Jun 5, 2016 Marge Mcauliffe
Jun 5, 2016 Carolina Cox
Jun 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 5, 2016 Deborah Golembiewski
Jun 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2016 Jacey Woods
Jun 3, 2016 Cori Colbert A very dear friend of mine had breast cancer and he went through a whole lot to survive and this was many years ago. It should not matter what sex a breast cancer patient is as everyone should be treated for this deadly disease. Do the right thing.
Jun 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2016 William Harris I am a male breast cancer survivor. Denial of benefits based on misinformed rule makers is a travesty. Gender bias is a thing of the past and medical science and reality are far ahead of these antiquated Medicaid rules. Wake up. This is the 21st century!
Jun 3, 2016 Dawn Needham
Jun 3, 2016 sUSAN bRITTAIN
Jun 3, 2016 Carol Winikoff Gender should not matter when it comes to breast cancer. Please reconsider your decision regarding treatment and recovery for Raymond Johnson.
Jun 3, 2016 Julie Schunter
Jun 3, 2016 Annmarie O'Toole
Jun 3, 2016 Shelly Walters A colleague of mine died from breast cancer. He was a wonderful man who died too soon. Please help these men get the treatment and coverage that they need.
Jun 3, 2016 Anne Gonaus
Jun 3, 2016 Jill Johnson
Jun 2, 2016 Florea Liliana
Jun 2, 2016 Gloria Hackwith
Jun 1, 2016 Catherine Jarvey
Jun 1, 2016 Sarah Pierce
Jun 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2016 Kaylen Callahan My father-in-law had breast cancer which was caught early fortunately. It was back in the 70s and the first time I had heard of such a thing.
Jun 1, 2016 José Luis González Negro
Jun 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2016 Juraj Bobok
Jun 1, 2016 Bobbie Shepherd

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