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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

May 17, 2018 Emma Le Cancer is cancer, and gender bias on such an issue is absurd. Cover the treatment, and don't let your biases get in the way.
May 13, 2018 Tina Wasielewski
May 7, 2018 Becca Breeding
May 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Bonita Easley
Apr 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 2, 2018 ron taylor stop discriminating against men.
Apr 2, 2018 Marilena Zlate
Apr 2, 2018 Curtis King
Mar 31, 2018 Ingrid Bichler
Mar 28, 2018 Cara Russo
Mar 25, 2018 Lesley Adamson Men too suffer from breast cancer. Do not discriminate.
Mar 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Mar 4, 2018 Jomairy Ochoa
Mar 4, 2018 Caryl Johnson
Feb 22, 2018 Kathleen Siskron
Feb 22, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Feb 14, 2018 robert dowling
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 Amanda Barnes
Feb 13, 2018 Barry Katz Men have breasts so why should they not contract cancer also? Of course it should be a concern for treatment.
Feb 4, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Jan 31, 2018 Deborah Croft
Jan 24, 2018 Andre Meaux
Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
Jan 7, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Jan 3, 2018 Lois Freeman
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2017 David Tracy
Dec 15, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 8, 2017 Yvelyne Chapont
Dec 5, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Dec 5, 2017 Alysa Waring
Dec 1, 2017 Rebecca Lambert
Dec 1, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 27, 2017 Misti Lee
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Statman
Nov 14, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 7, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Nov 7, 2017 Steve May
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Oct 31, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 23, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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