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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

Nov 25, 2014 vaiva griskaite
Nov 25, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Nov 23, 2014 Corinne Pieper
Nov 21, 2014 Susan Furca
Nov 21, 2014 b w
Nov 20, 2014 Sarah Robbins I'm shocked that this has happened! Make it right, Don - we're watching to see what you do.
Nov 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2014 mike hopkins
Nov 20, 2014 jeremie roxas
Nov 20, 2014 catherine mirabella
Nov 19, 2014 Jodi Conley
Nov 19, 2014 Kathy Atkinson My brother had breast cancer a couple of years ago and had to go through mastectomy. Please tell me there is some misunderstanding in this situation and a man is not being denied breast cancer coverage!
Nov 18, 2014 Penny Madison
Nov 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2014 Patricia Maher-Brisen
Nov 16, 2014 Dawn Bowers
Nov 16, 2014 Jeanne Govoni
Nov 16, 2014 Norma Molina
Nov 16, 2014 Eva Sklenar
Nov 15, 2014 Sandra Bowerman Our taxes have paid for more than we citizens receive! We pay your salaries. So instead of filling your pockets with $$$ and greed, start thinking about the citizens of this country and helping those who need help!!! Remember Jesus's 'Golden Rule'!!!
Nov 15, 2014 Debbie Coty
Nov 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) Men get breast cancer too. They need coverage.
Nov 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Nov 11, 2014 Lee Reed
Nov 10, 2014 Diane White
Nov 8, 2014 Robert petermann
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2014 Raphael Balboni
Nov 8, 2014 Tamie Robinson My brother-in-law has breast cancer. Coverage is needed, regardless of gender!
Nov 8, 2014 Olga Cotto
Nov 7, 2014 Dona Anderson
Nov 7, 2014 Monika Freiling
Nov 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2014 Bob Brucker
Nov 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2014 Lynette Lamey Breast cancer attacks both men and women so please do not deny healthcare coverage to treat this disease. Gender and age is irrelevant!
Nov 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2014 Traci Oehlstrom
Nov 5, 2014 Nancy Stephens
Nov 5, 2014 Loren Erlandson
Nov 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2014 melody biddle
Nov 5, 2014 Suzanne Dayton
Nov 5, 2014 (Name not displayed) No matter what the gender cancer affects everyone the same and should be covered by any insurance.
Nov 5, 2014 Helen Traeger
Nov 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 4, 2014 Evelina Kopcheva

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