Medicaid won't cover man's breast cancer treatments

August 5, 2011 5:56:39 PM PDT
When most people hear of breast cancer, they think of a disease that affects women, but more than 2,000 American men are diagnosed every year.

Raymond Johnson from South Carolina recently learned he has breast cancer. The 26-year-old doesn't have health insurance and Medicaid denied his application for a program that cares for breast cancer patients because it's only for women.

Johnson's chemotherapy costs $10,000 per treatment.

"Right now I'm just stuck with these bills and trying to find a way," Johnson said.

The South Carolina state health department agrees there is a problem with the program and admits it's discriminatory. It has asked the federal government for help.

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