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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 21, 2014 Dawn Bowers
Oct 21, 2014 Nanette Clapp
Oct 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) My dad had breast cancer & is now fine b/c he had good insurance.
Oct 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2014 G Villeneuve Healthy people can earn money, pay their bills & taxes. Cover their care!
Oct 19, 2014 Ana Jimenez Stop discrimination
Oct 19, 2014 DINA LOPEZ I think everyone should be able to get them. That is discriminating. It should be illegal to do it.
Oct 19, 2014 Sara Seitelman
Oct 19, 2014 Blair Williams Breast cancer does not discriminate between the sexes....NEITHER SHOULD YOU!!
Oct 19, 2014 Zarabeth Childress Actually be a man and realize that you can get it too!!!!
Oct 19, 2014 William Sullivan It long past the time when Medicaid should move into the 21st century.
Oct 19, 2014 Teddie Valenzuela Men have breast too, just b/c the government doesn't think so, doesn't mean it's so.
Oct 19, 2014 Marie Osborne
Oct 19, 2014 Vickie Cadime
Oct 19, 2014 Leonie Cronje Let's fight this together!!!!
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 tammy garavaglia
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) Men should get same benefits for breast cancer just as women do!!!
Oct 18, 2014 JoAnne Dalton This is so wrong. Everyone should get treatment NO MATTER THEIR GENDER. As a Breast Cancer Survivor I know how important treatment is.
Oct 18, 2014 Jehanmary Vega
Oct 18, 2014 lisa martucci
Oct 18, 2014 Tracey Weiss
Oct 18, 2014 Tanya Lee Why discriminate against men? Breast cancer is cancer no matter who has it. My boyfriend just lost his uncle to bready cancer and I think men should be more aware of this and not have to be scared or have to fight to be checked for this terrible disease.
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 Muaz Mohamad
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 Celeste Lavacot To me a breast is a breast and it should matter who the breast is attached to. Man or woman should both have the same coverage/options.
Oct 18, 2014 Mike Fox
Oct 18, 2014 Mike Fox
Oct 18, 2014 Gregory Ford
Oct 18, 2014 Rickey McKenzie My dad passed away from male breast cancer. I miss him everyday and think about him and how good he treated us kids and took care of us, and raised us to become the people we are. I live my life trying to make him proud of the man I became today. I love u
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 Jennefer Graves
Oct 18, 2014 Leighan Pittman Everyone that you know and love at some point in there life will have breast cancer. I know all about it I had breast cancer in 2004 and here it is 2014 and so far I have been cancer free for 10 years.
Oct 18, 2014 Jan Terpone
Oct 18, 2014 Melanie McKenzie
Oct 18, 2014 Mia Harper My grandfather had breast cancer. It's absolutely appalling that any man diagnosed with breast cancer would be denied coverage because he's a man. It's a cancer that men can get. Cover it.
Oct 18, 2014 Kelly PiJuan As strong as breast cancer runs in my family, I would hope my son could be tested as he grows older to be safe too! My mom got it at age 25, my grandmother fought it twice and my aunt has also had to fight it. Men should be included in screenings too!
Oct 18, 2014 Elizabeth Kirk Men need to be covered for breast cancer too!! It's not a gender disease or an age disease!
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 David Bowman
Oct 18, 2014 Jason Miles My uncle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. To think a male would be denied coverage is ridiculous. Breast cancer effects males the same way it does females.
Oct 18, 2014 dorene arena Please support men with breast cancer!
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 Rose Marie FONTAINE
Oct 18, 2014 Tammy Camacho
Oct 18, 2014 Sandy Tate

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