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Man denied Medicaid coverage for breast cancer because he’s a man

At 26 years old, Charleston, SC native Raymond Johnson was diagnosed with cancer. He’s working, but he has no insurance. So he and his doctor applied for Medicaid to cover the costs of his treatment, but he was denied. Denied because he has breast cancer and Medicaid only covers breast cancer treatment for women.

According to WCIV-TV, the state’s Dept. of Health & Human Services blames the problem on the federal government, saying it has repeatedly told the feds that the policy is discriminatory. Meanwhile, the patient is on his second round of chemotherapy, which his advocate estimates at around $10,000 each.

"He’s young. He’s working and he’s worried this could be financially devastating to him," she says. "Right now I’m stuck with these bills and I’m trying to find a way," the patient tells WCIV. The advocate says she is contacting lawmakers, trying to get the medicaid program changed.

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