Raymond Johnson was stunned when he found out he had breast cancer.
But he was even more dismayed when he found out that Medicaid would not cover his treatment because he is a man.
Johnson, a 26 year-old, uninsured tradesman from South Carolina who specializes in tile installation would be eligible for treatment under the federal Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act.
Passed in 2000, the Act allows Medicaid funds to cover treatment for breast or cervical cancer patients who otherwise wouldn't qualify for the state and federally funded health insurance program.
Only his gender makes him ineligible for Medicaid funds.
"Cancer doesn't discriminate, so this program shouldn't discriminate," Johnson told the Post and Courier.