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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

Jan 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2015 Fabienne Morgana
Jan 21, 2015 Tracy Reddemann
Jan 21, 2015 Alfred Papillon Almost been there; had 2 surgeries; not there now.
Jan 19, 2015 ankie brunschot
Jan 18, 2015 diane monahan
Jan 15, 2015 Chantelle Elm
Jan 15, 2015 Cheryl Kemp
Jan 15, 2015 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Jan 15, 2015 (Name not displayed) Men has right to like women does.
Jan 13, 2015 caroline mallon
Jan 12, 2015 Elisa Burgos
Jan 12, 2015 nancy lachase
Jan 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) Men are human to they should be treated as such. Hope people refusing care don't end up with brest cancer.
Jan 12, 2015 MARY JO DREISBACH breast are breast....male or female....give them the coverage they need......
Jan 12, 2015 Judy Gold What are you thinking? You know what it is, you know how to help, so why are you holding back? Raymond Johnson's life is in your hands. Do you sleep well at night?
Jan 12, 2015 Lynda Kerr
Jan 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) A human is a human. Cancer does not choose gender, and neither should Medicaid. This is an outrage, and so wrong. On so many levels.
Jan 12, 2015 Kimm Baumgartner
Jan 12, 2015 terri engblom
Jan 12, 2015 pamela howell In memory and honor of my friend Harry Blackmon, who died of breast cancer at only 60 years old.
Jan 12, 2015 Michael Beasley Just because it's rare, it exists and should be treated just the same...
Jan 12, 2015 Edna Jeanty
Jan 12, 2015 susan baker
Jan 12, 2015 Doreen Arrowsmith
Jan 12, 2015 Lori Hanson I believe that everyone wheather you are male or female you should be able to have your breasts checked for cancer.
Jan 11, 2015 Bonnie Cohen
Jan 11, 2015 sheila nye
Jan 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2015 Bożena Staniszewska
Jan 10, 2015 LIDIJA Starikova
Jan 10, 2015 LIDIJA Starikova
Jan 10, 2015 (Name not displayed) Breast cancer is not gender based, nor should treatment be gender based!!
Jan 10, 2015 Brenda Evans
Jan 10, 2015 Loisann Sciarrillo
Jan 10, 2015 Tammy Hibner
Jan 10, 2015 Thomas Horsch
Jan 10, 2015 Diane Matanzas
Jan 10, 2015 Sarah Baker
Jan 10, 2015 Lori Stevens
Jan 10, 2015 Rachel Rivera
Jan 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2015 Mary Porter
Jan 10, 2015 Joyce Mallory This practice simply makes no sense.
Jan 10, 2015 Tom Giardina
Jan 10, 2015 Linda Barbieri
Jan 10, 2015 Jacqui Stevens
Jan 9, 2015 Deneen Fowler
Jan 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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