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Man Learns Only Women Are Given Breast Cancer Coverage Through Special Medicaid Program

Man Learns Only Women Are Given Breast Cancer Coverage Through Special Medicaid Program

 

Need another reason to get excited about new health care reform rules finally going into effect?  How about this one: Raymond Johnson.  The single, low-income man discovered a lump in his breast and, after ignoring it due to his meager cash supply and lack of insurance coverage, was eventually rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mass the size of a baseball removed.

Unfortunately, he still has no ability to pay his medical bills.  After being found ineligible for traditional Medicaid due to his $9 an hour earnings, he was encouraged to apply for a specialized state Medicaid program that was created especially for those who were diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer.

There, he was turned down again — this time because the program was only for women.

Doctors, politicians, the Department of Health and Human Services, everyone agrees that the ruling is wrong, but no one seems to have a solution to fix it.

But what is really wrong is that Johnson was in this situation in the first place.  It is wrong that he was unable to have insurance in the first place due to his low wage job.  It is wrong that he had to wait until it was an emergency room situation because he could not afford preventative care.  And it’s wrong that a single man with no children who grosses less than $20,000 a year is seen as someone who should be able to pay for health care on his own.

This is why we need affordable access to health care for everyone.  Don’t let Republicans continue in their efforts to rescind reform.

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6:53PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Robert O, I am sorry that this happened to you. Any discrimination for diagnosis IS unconscionable.
I hope that woman DOES go to jail. The courts should have taken care of that a long time ago.
Really, we have to fight for our rights these days. And fight HARD!

3:26AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

It's still the same cancer whether you're a man or a woman. If coverage is for breast cancer, then cover it. Period. That should be the end of the story.

4:13PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Breast cancer is breast cancer. Why does it matter if a man or woman has it?

8:16PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

This guys breast cancer is typical of discrimination against men.

The legal aid agency turned me down because I was a "man". That's what they said to my face.

My 2 young sons were living with me full time and my ex-wife continued to get child support payments from me for 3 years - which I had to pay or go to jail.

I had to borrow money to pay her monthly child support while the kids were living with me for 3 years.

I asked for legal aid to help me put an end to the payments but they said they only helped women with support payment problems, not men.

A sympathetic lawyer got it resolved and allowed me to pay him over time without interest.

My ex-wife got a stern warning from the judge telling her not to play games with the legal system again.

So what do I think about "women's issues" which they whine and squawk about all the time? Not much, not much at all.

3:05AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

the subject goes off a tangent towards the end, but yes I agree, men should have the right to insurance against breast cancer as well.

6:30PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Men can get breast cancer, this is a fact. Raymond Johnson is not the only man to have fought this disease. Men need to be covered as well as women. Those calling the shots seem to forget that cancer doesn't care how much money you have or what gender you are. Laws need to be changed to reflect this and provide fair coverage for EVERYONE.

5:50PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

(NOTE: the last part of my comment below was cut off. It should read....)

Why are we ignorant? The answer is pure politics. Talking about men's health is simply not part of the feminist-driven political agenda. In virtually every health category, men are doing worse than women, but google women's health agencies and men's health agencies, look at county, state and federal levels, and see how many of each there are. If you think there's not a political agenda behind this, you're living in a dreamworld.

And, feminist organizations have not just been advocating FOR women's health issues. In many, many cases, they are lobbying AGAINST men's health issues. That's the reality.

5:48PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Alex I urges me to "try reading. literacy is your friend," and then goes on to show that she knows very little about this subject. And, Linda T goes on to show that she does not have enough political knowledge to understand what I was talking about.

So, let me try to explain. Decisions about coverage are made politically, as much as medically. You saw it in action when the US Prevention Services Task Force recommended that women under 50 should not undergo routine mammograms and, the POLITICIANS (not doctors) in the White House and Congress immediately overrode that recommendation. You see it universal health care proposals that cover breast cancer testing but not prostate testing. "Try reading," Alex? I'm quite confident I am FAR more knowledgeable in this field than you are.

The reason we don't talk about breast cancer in men can not be dismissed as "ignorance." You have to ask, why are we ignorant? More American men die every year from breast cancer than the total number of American women killed in military combat in ALL OUR WARS COMBINED. Yet, you will NEVER hear mention by politicians or news commentators about the "men" who serve and die for our country. It is always the "men AND WOMEN."

Why are we ignorant? The answer is pure politics. Talking about men's health is simply not part of the feminist-driven political agenda. In virtually every health category, men are doing worse than women, but google women's health agencies and men's health agencies, look

9:15AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

There is a singer for a band that was big in the 1980's, and I'm having a hard time thinking of his name, but he is a breast cancer survive, and is working on an advertising campain to make more men aware of the fact that breast cancer effects men. Anyone who knows, please email me.

9:56PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

What man would say that he has breast cancer?,... he won't. he will say he has chest _____cancer.His policy probably has coverage for that,calling it breast cancer just complicates things. This guy needs a Johnnie Cochran....

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