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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 6, 2015 Annette Berghammer
Jul 6, 2015 Gabriela Duarte
Jul 6, 2015 Allison Miranda
Jul 6, 2015 Sandi Roy There should be no reason that both men and woman should be covered for Breast Cancer and all other Cancers for that matter
Jul 6, 2015 gregory woolford
Jul 6, 2015 Rosemarie Irvine
Jul 6, 2015 Jack Thomas
Jul 6, 2015 NANCY THOMAS
Jul 6, 2015 SUSAN THOMAS
Jul 6, 2015 Twila kilburn cancer doesn't care if you are male or female we all need treatment
Jul 6, 2015 stacey gunn
Jul 6, 2015 Doreen Luhta
Jul 6, 2015 vautrin noelle
Jul 6, 2015 Peggy Deery
Jul 6, 2015 Ulla-Britt Persson
Jul 5, 2015 Rebecca Olsen
Jul 5, 2015 Marci Turner
Jul 5, 2015 Chris Sterry
Jul 4, 2015 Rosalie Maggard
Jul 4, 2015 Aprile ANDERSON
Jul 4, 2015 Darcy Abrahams
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please help men as well as women with Breast Cancer . Thank You
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) My Father was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1996, although his insurance, after a year long fight, covered his treatment, since it took a year...he did not receive proper treatment and he died in 2001. Start covering Male Breast Cancer!
Jul 4, 2015 marie-line michel
Jul 4, 2015 Frenchie Bailey
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2015 Jennifer Gorgo
Jul 4, 2015 Rayleen Nunez
Jul 4, 2015 Dayanara Montes De Oca
Jul 4, 2015 Catherine Sweet
Jul 4, 2015 Darla Daniel-Seabolt
Jul 4, 2015 Doris Burgess They need to go to where they are giving chemo and see the men there with Breast Cancer.
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2015 Brenda Clarke
Jul 4, 2015 Dawn-Marie McGarry
Jul 4, 2015 jacklyin pennington
Jul 4, 2015 Debbie Bethel Men , WITH BREAST CANCER YES SHOULD BE TREATED JUST LIKE THE WOMEN AND WHY NOT IT IS THE SAME DISEASE!!! WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO BE TREATED ASK YOURSELF THAT???????
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2015 patricia dierickx
Jul 4, 2015 Andreas Rossing Angeltveit
Jul 3, 2015 Stephanie Contis
Jul 3, 2015 Sofia RIBEIRO
Jul 3, 2015 Erin Proano
Jul 3, 2015 Alexander Damyanovich Cancer is cancer, regardless of who it hits. Men have breasts too.
Jul 3, 2015 Brian Betz
Jul 3, 2015 Betti Jones
Jul 3, 2015 Stephanie Johnson Don't need any big words. What gives you or Medicaid the power to decide this man should die? That is what the decision amounts to. This needs fixed fast.
Jul 3, 2015 YOLANDA CHONG Cancer is cancer, why are they discriminating - cancer doesn't discriminate.
Jul 3, 2015 Nicolette Balcerzak
Jul 3, 2015 Bobbie Bostick I've had bilateral mastectomy and feel men should have the same consideration I had. This is a disgrace!

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