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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

Aug 28, 2015 Lorraine wilson
Aug 26, 2015 sherryann pardee
Aug 26, 2015 DEBRA CLAYTON
Aug 26, 2015 ,ary pasanen
Aug 24, 2015 William Harris I am a 64 year old male breast cancer survivor of 3+ years. It is crucial that insurance companies, legislatures, MDs & care providers recognize that MEN HAVE BREASTS TOO and that we die from the same cancers as women only at 5x the rate!!!!
Aug 24, 2015 Lisa West
Aug 24, 2015 Paul Cabana
Aug 24, 2015 Ginger Croft Dear Mr. Donald Berwick, the coverage you are now denying may very well be the coverage YOU or a family member may need in the future. Cancer does not discriminate. Sincerely, another medical professional
Aug 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) As a woman with a history of breast cancer, I know the battle. Men also get breast cancer, and should be treated as a woman does. This is sexist! Men have the right to be treated for breast cancer!
Aug 15, 2015 Bonnie Stanko
Aug 14, 2015 Reyna Button
Aug 13, 2015 Valerie Akins My husband had breast cancer last year.He had a double mastectomy and was cancer- free after the operation.No chemo or radiation needed. Thank God! He also found the lump himself while showering! God is so very good!
Aug 13, 2015 Sabine Danelon There should more awareness , and exposure for Men to get tested and be saved 🌹
Aug 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2015 Traci Bass
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Karl Hoermann
Jul 27, 2015 Jody Mahnken
Jul 27, 2015 Brian Reynolds
Jul 26, 2015 john crouch
Jul 14, 2015 Lorelei Williams
Jul 12, 2015 Shadoe Drury
Jul 9, 2015 Diana Spidle This is so terrible.. I had breast cancer and have a double Mastectomy..so far i am ok.. i can imagine what they are going through.. Please help them ..
Jul 9, 2015 Debra Gray
Jul 8, 2015 Joseph Taylor
Jul 8, 2015 JoAnna Livermore
Jul 6, 2015 isabel sleiman
Jul 6, 2015 izzy presley
Jul 6, 2015 Susan Johnson
Jul 6, 2015 Cindy Stein Men deserve Medicaid just as much as the women. If it was your hushand, son, father you' d want them to have as much care as possible.
Jul 6, 2015 Michelle Veasey Please STOP refusing Men for Breast Cancer treatment...
Jul 6, 2015 Annette Berghammer
Jul 6, 2015 Gabriela Duarte
Jul 6, 2015 Allison Miranda
Jul 6, 2015 Sandi Roy There should be no reason that both men and woman should be covered for Breast Cancer and all other Cancers for that matter
Jul 6, 2015 gregory woolford
Jul 6, 2015 Rosemarie Irvine
Jul 6, 2015 Jack Thomas
Jul 6, 2015 NANCY THOMAS
Jul 6, 2015 SUSAN THOMAS
Jul 6, 2015 Twila kilburn cancer doesn't care if you are male or female we all need treatment
Jul 6, 2015 stacey gunn
Jul 6, 2015 Doreen Luhta
Jul 6, 2015 vautrin noelle
Jul 6, 2015 Peggy Deery
Jul 6, 2015 Ulla-Britt Persson
Jul 5, 2015 Rebecca Olsen

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