48. Anthony Wright
As the veteran executive director of Health Access California, a coalition that advocates for the expansion of quality health care, Anthony Wright is something of a health care watchdog. He is involved in the development — whether for or against — of virtually every major piece of health care legislation that emerges from the Capitol. He strongly supports the Affordable Care Act and Covered California, the state’s competitive health insurance exchange, and he pushed hard for continuing the funding to maintain an expanded Medi-Cal program. One of his most recent accomplishments is last year’s passage of AB 72, ensuring that no patients get “surprise bills” from out-of-network providers. Health Access was formed 30 years ago, and Wright has been executive director for half that time – he’s held the position since 2002.
Updated Aug. 29, 2o17