Monday, August 8, 2011

Man With Breast Cancer Can't Get Medicaid Coverage Because He's A Man

While breast cancer in males is not common, it's no yellow lobster. But a South Carolina state program that provides Medicaid to breast cancer patients in need had to deny a patient because of his Y chromosome.

The patient, a 26-year-old male whose job laying tile doesn't pay enough for him to pay health insurance premiums, found out he had cancer after going to the emergency room with chest pain.

A patient advocate at the Charleston Cancer Center attempted to set him up with coverage from the aforementioned state-run program, only to have his application denied for his male-ness.