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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

Sep 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
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Sep 22, 2016 Charmaine MacDonald
Sep 20, 2016 Kathleen Ahern
Sep 20, 2016 KENNETH BOYLE
Sep 16, 2016 Livelovelifeeleni Positivity&Motivation BE KINDTO EVERYONE.! be kind to everyone and do good always letssign this for more positivity love kindness and change!':D WOO!
Sep 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2016 Nina Domergue
Sep 9, 2016 Dana Nelson
Sep 8, 2016 Richard Bosboom
Sep 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2016 Yashoda Jordan
Sep 1, 2016 DOUG SNYDER
Aug 28, 2016 carol McNamee
Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed) Hopefully it helps kids get horrible deadly
Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed) Help to get less and less people with the dirty illness
Aug 16, 2016 Raphaël PONCE
Aug 16, 2016 Denise Cronin
Aug 16, 2016 Debra Dragonheart
Aug 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2016 kristin sullivan
Aug 9, 2016 kristine Brovold
Aug 9, 2016 Gloria March
Aug 7, 2016 LaNita Jardine
Jul 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) Fighting the battle of breast cancer is o very difficult! There should be no difference in coverage for men or women! Breast cancer doesn't discriminate, why would an insurance company?
Jul 30, 2016 Rhiannon Young
Jul 29, 2016 Regina Carson Anyone with cancer should be able to have options for it's removal. How can we defeat the disease and save lives if we pick and choose who we want to try and save? That's discriminatory. Stop the insanity.
Jul 29, 2016 Katie Lopez
Jul 29, 2016 Debra Yanko
Jul 29, 2016 (Name not displayed) My father had breast cancer at age 42. My brother has the PALB2 gene. He had genetic testing because of colon polyps.
Jul 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2016 Kim Anthony
Jul 28, 2016 Angela Elniski
Jul 27, 2016 anamaria sulugiu
Jul 27, 2016 Joan Cuplin STOP being Prejudiced & Face Reality & Help these men!!!!!!!!
Jul 27, 2016 Sharon Evans-Ford
Jul 26, 2016 LJ Taylor Cancer is cancer. All genders are equal to cancer. SO SHOULD INSURANCE COVERAGE! Stop the gender-bias. If cancer does not care what gender a victim is then the insurance companies should not care either. EQUAL COVERAGE FOR ALL GENDERS!
Jul 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2016 Jeanette Kelly
Jul 25, 2016 Sylvia Martin
Jul 25, 2016 Jackie Ledbetter
Jul 25, 2016 Judi Merrow Men have breast too. So why wouldn't it be covered?
Jul 25, 2016 Marie-Laurence Yans
Jul 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2016 Jennifer Gibbons
Jul 25, 2016 Kathrin Küspert
Jul 25, 2016 Ginger Gaines
Jul 25, 2016 Barb Barker
Jul 24, 2016 Christina Bartel Breast cancer needs to be covered for everyone, regardless of gender. I'm sure if children had it, you'd make sure it was covered. Adults-women AND men are no less important to save or provide for disease, syndrome, AND good quality of life coverage.
Jul 23, 2016 Marilee Urban Coverage should not be determined by preconceived bias due to sex. A disease is a disease no matter who has it.

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