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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

Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Peter Scott
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Amanda Ault
Oct 3, 2015 susan wells
Oct 2, 2015 Elizabeth Jordan
Sep 26, 2015 David Rivers
Sep 26, 2015 Eli Chaney My favorite commercial is for Warriors in Pink: Survivors proudly proclaim how many years they have survived. The last shot is a wonderful man proudly displaying his Warriors in Pink shirt showing how he is a survivor! Touches me every time!
Sep 22, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Sep 19, 2015 Mai Al-Hadid
Sep 17, 2015 Phyllis Wilson
Sep 17, 2015 (Name not displayed) My husband was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer 26 months ago and one week later had a radical mastectomy.
Sep 15, 2015 victoria greenlee
Sep 15, 2015 Jamie McGraw
Sep 15, 2015 Gail Vosler
Sep 15, 2015 Veronica Ortiz
Sep 14, 2015 Lori O'Dell
Sep 14, 2015 Mable Sampson
Sep 14, 2015 Mathieu Avard
Sep 14, 2015 finn mogensen
Sep 14, 2015 Jessica Robinson if women can have insurance cover it, so should men.
Sep 14, 2015 Dana Sklar
Sep 14, 2015 kety abate
Sep 14, 2015 mary sasaguay
Sep 14, 2015 Willie Mae Bush I strongly believe that men should be able to get treated for breast cancer. If they need assistance from Medicaid then it should be approved.
Sep 14, 2015 Deb Champagne
Sep 14, 2015 Christal Putkowski I know some men who were diagnosed. They need medical care like women. In this day and age, how dare anyone deny coverage for cancer !!
Sep 14, 2015 Sandra Polvi
Sep 14, 2015 robin Chromey Really?
Sep 14, 2015 Debbie Cromeens This Medicaid exclusion should be removed.
Sep 14, 2015 Virginia Hughes
Sep 14, 2015 Gloria Parrott Unbelievable!! How can you denie coverage to men? Women have breast cancer more often then men, but it is still cancer no matter who has it! This is a health issue, it is CANCER! No matter what the sex, it should be covered!!
Sep 13, 2015 Lori Strausser
Sep 13, 2015 Diane Kehoe Men as well as women need coverage for breast cancer as it requires immediate care and isn't usually a disease than men expect or plan for. Canadian medicare treated a male friend of mine and I know how glad he was to have had the support.
Sep 13, 2015 amela decevic
Sep 13, 2015 Yasiu Kruszynski
Sep 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2015 Adela decevic
Sep 13, 2015 Cindy Gleason Breast cancer is breast cancer, no matter the gender. If you were the one diagnosed you would want treatment. Whether you have private insurance or Medicaid.
Sep 13, 2015 Pamela Harris
Sep 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2015 kim michaels many years ago cos of my Mums cancer.that Men get it too.i think its a shame there isnt any talk of it,even after all this time.very few people know that men get it just like women.Men should be covered for all forms of cancer.Please,cancer takes anyone.
Sep 13, 2015 Judy Krach
Sep 13, 2015 Kate Elliott
Sep 13, 2015 Sherril Koehler My husband is being treated for breast cancer. Thankfully our insurance is covering his treatment. I don't know where we'd be without insurance coverage.
Sep 13, 2015 gerald cohen I am a male breast cancer survivor. Men can inherit the BRACA mutation and get breast cancer. Cancer does not discriminate.
Sep 13, 2015 james a c polhemus
Sep 13, 2015 Maureen Clark
Sep 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2015 Jo Pagnac

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