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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

Apr 26, 2015 Pamela You g It can be more devastating for a man he do not need the added stigma
Apr 26, 2015 Brenda Alston
Apr 26, 2015 Pamela Troop For mom and my aunt Carol.
Apr 25, 2015 Wendy Dennison Just because a cancer patient happens to be male doesn't mean there cancer is any less important. Medicaid needs to cover men as well as woman.
Apr 25, 2015 starlett jennings
Apr 25, 2015 Marc Conrad
Apr 25, 2015 Dianne McDaniel No one should be denied the appropriate care, we live in the riches nation in the world, and we take such poor care of those that need it the most.
Apr 25, 2015 Elizabeth Brown
Apr 25, 2015 Bonnie Lynn MacKinnon No one should be denied the appropriate care
Apr 25, 2015 Betty Lundin Betty Lundin
Apr 25, 2015 Antoinette Gonzales
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2015 Jessica Zamudio
Apr 25, 2015 Teresa Souza
Apr 25, 2015 Donna Harris
Apr 25, 2015 Vanessa Seriacopi
Apr 25, 2015 Bobbie Wager
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) Shame on them. Men suffer as well I believe men should get them too
Apr 25, 2015 Geisha Garcia
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) So happy to be able to give even so little help to those needed!
Apr 25, 2015 Antoinette PRIDDY
Apr 25, 2015 marycoleen geiger
Apr 24, 2015 Sofia Shakibi
Apr 24, 2015 Marcela Mendonça
Apr 24, 2015 Rowena Johnson Please give us all the help that you can. We as women need to be heard and men as well. Help us all. thank you.
Apr 23, 2015 Vanessa Silva Cruz
Apr 23, 2015 Alexandra Jaguaribe
Apr 23, 2015 Marcela Mendonça
Apr 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2015 Marcia Tajlili
Apr 23, 2015 Ellen Segal
Apr 23, 2015 Christina O'Steen
Apr 23, 2015 kathy carter all people deserve to have medical treatment male or female.
Apr 23, 2015 Jennifer Conway
Apr 23, 2015 Karen Mercer Men & Women should be screened and taken care of regardless of insurance!!
Apr 23, 2015 ludmila Holcmannova
Apr 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2015 Gail Davidson
Apr 23, 2015 Justine Marcoux
Apr 23, 2015 Jo Harris
Apr 23, 2015 Marion Nichols I'm a cancer surviver of cervical cancer and wait now to see if it is back somewhere else so I am glad I have the coverage so Im signing so every woman has that too
Apr 23, 2015 Ekaterina Volkova
Apr 23, 2015 ANA GABRIELA
Apr 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2015 Robert Sanders
Apr 23, 2015 Elaine Lauerman
Apr 23, 2015 Melanie Moore Should be covered, no one chooses to have Breast cancer. Can happen to anyone !!!! PINK RULES !!!
Apr 23, 2015 Kim Walsh Please Speak Out For Men With Breast Cancer
Apr 23, 2015 Paula Eaton
Apr 23, 2015 Isabella Ondei

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