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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

Jul 6, 2018 Renee McKenzie
Jul 6, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jun 24, 2018 Madalina Viziteu
Jun 23, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 23, 2018 Janet Watson
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 16, 2018 Nancy Rooney
Jun 13, 2018 Donald GULLEDGE
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 3, 2018 Robert Krone
May 30, 2018 Joyce Haskins
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2018 Michael Crowden
May 29, 2018 Sandy Miller
May 27, 2018 Linda Tabb
May 27, 2018 Sandi Hebley Discrimination goes both ways and is wrong all the time.
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2018 Debra Wontor
May 26, 2018 Susan Beam-Gilleland
May 26, 2018 ERNEST MATTEI
May 25, 2018 Matthew McWhirr
May 25, 2018 Jimmie Lynne Berry
May 25, 2018 Christie Rawls
May 25, 2018 Elizabeth Fresh Cancer does not discriminate! Doctors should be allowed to treat patients based on their diagnosis and condition and it should not be based on gender. The human body is NOT a text book! Everyone is NOT the same! Coverage should not be based on gender.
May 24, 2018 L Dufresne NOW!
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 Margaret Sexauer
May 23, 2018 Andrew Kossoy
May 23, 2018 R Holt
May 23, 2018 D Cooper
May 23, 2018 Paul Schumann
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
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)

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