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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

Sep 29, 2014 Janet Schwulst
Sep 28, 2014 Rebecca Henderson
Sep 28, 2014 Shannon Sturks
Sep 28, 2014 tracy herndon
Sep 28, 2014 Janice Odynsky
Sep 27, 2014 pearl wheeler
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Michelle novak Equal rights!!!
Sep 27, 2014 Frances Przybylo
Sep 27, 2014 Nick Hawley
Sep 27, 2014 Trish Belton Men deserve the same coverage as women not only for Breast Cancer but all medical disease and issues! Praying for a change...
Sep 27, 2014 Margaret Elaine Bailey
Sep 27, 2014 Elana Green
Sep 27, 2014 Beth Mangiacotti
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Michelle Green Men deserve to not be turned down with breast cancer just because they are men. Please help them too.
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) My husband pass away from breast cancer on October 9, 2013. He was only 38. Two young daughters and a son, without their father. He had no idea men could get breast cancer.
Sep 27, 2014 Krista Aragon
Sep 27, 2014 Angela Campbell My husband is a breast cancer survivor. How dare you deny coverage to men for this horrible disease! BREAST CANCER IS NOT A FEMALE ONLY DISEASE! IT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE! Would you deny coverage to your mom, wife or daughter?
Sep 27, 2014 Rebecca Winters I lost my father-in-law to breast cancer. He was incidentally a physician and caught it early. Prior to his diagnosis, I didn't realize men also are victims of this horrid disease.
Sep 27, 2014 Leonard Campbell I am a Male Breast Cancer Survivor. Men, if you feel a lump, get it checked out.
Sep 27, 2014 Cathy Handy
Sep 27, 2014 Mary Campana Please help men with Breast Cancer as God says to heal everyone!
Sep 27, 2014 leah taylor
Sep 27, 2014 Chad Ratliff Our foundation goes to help men with Breaks Cancer as well. This disease affects everyone women and men. If l men would like help contact us at www.theratlifffoundation.org. I will stand with any of you to help men start getting treatments paid for.
Sep 27, 2014 Melissa Cole
Sep 27, 2014 sue wein My husband was diagnosed and had a radical April 11,2013.....
Sep 27, 2014 Jennifer Simmons
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Linda Kolenkiewicz
Sep 27, 2014 shelley norman
Sep 27, 2014 Renee Graves
Sep 27, 2014 Amanda Schaal
Sep 27, 2014 Jami Ruebel In honor of my friend Lynn Campbell!! He's fighting his battle now!
Sep 27, 2014 Linda Wood
Sep 27, 2014 Linda Flores
Sep 27, 2014 Rose Lashway My best friend's father died from breast cancer about 5 years ago. He was an otherwise healthy, fit, slim man about 60 years old. We were all shocked and heartbroken. Men do get breast cancer. Any cancer should be covered for treatment.
Sep 27, 2014 Amy Vaill
Sep 27, 2014 Wendy panther My father had breast cancer
Sep 27, 2014 Teah Otey
Sep 27, 2014 Sam Andujar
Sep 27, 2014 Elizabeth stevenson although rare it dose happen anyone can get any condition insurance companys should not discriminate
Sep 26, 2014 (Name not displayed) Men deserves to have medical insurance for breast cancer they are no different than a women
Sep 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Deanna Besser
Sep 24, 2014 Melanie McComb
Sep 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2014 Elak Swindell
Sep 23, 2014 Maite Arauz
Sep 21, 2014 Leanna Dever

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