No. 80: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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80. Anthony Wright

It has been estimated that as many as 3.8 million people could lose their employer-provided health care in California this year due to the pandemic. With so many Californians losing their existing health insurance, Medi-Cal (the health care program for low-income Californians) will see an explosion of applications for new coverage, and the state expects to add 2 million new people to the program. That influx will stress an already-stressed system, and major service cuts are likely to result. That is devastating news that strikes at the heart of Health Access California, a high-profile advocacy group – actually a coalition of 200 groups – committed to health care reform and improved access to health coverage. The executive director of Health Access is Anthony Wright, who has spent most of his professional life advocating for the expansion of quality health care. He was active in the discussions that led to the creation of Covered California, and his fingerprints are usually all over any progressive health care-related legislation that emerges from the Capitol. This year he has his work cut out for him.

Updated Aug. 11, 2o20

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