22. Dustin Corcoran
Dustin Corcoran has served as the CEO of the 43,000-member California Medical Association for the past seven years, getting the top job after rising through the ranks. If legislation on the table involves health care, Corcoran is there. Last year, Corcoran co-chaired the campaign to pass Proposition 56, successfully raising the tobacco tax by $2 a pack and in turn gaining more money for Medi-Cal. The latter is especially important to the CMA, because doctors who provide care for Medi-Cal patients have long complained about Medi-Cal’s low reimbursement rates. Corcoran earlier served the CMA as coordinator of the political action committee, staff lobbyist, the vice president of governmental relations and senior vice president of the association. His day-to-day job includes overseeing the staff, directions and actions of the CMA.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017