14. Dustin Corcoran
Dustin Corcoran is the CEO of the California Medical Association, a group that represents some 50,000 general practitioners and specialists, and the CMA is involved, directly or indirectly, in virtually every major health battle in the state. In this era of the pandemic, the CMA – not surprisingly – spreads the word on the need for masking and vaccinations. It has urged boosting cigarette taxes to curb smoking, and has a suit against Aetna regarding out-of-network patient care, but other political fights remain simmering. Voters next year will be asked to weigh in on a delayed ballot initiative backed by personal injury lawyers and consumer advocates that would raise pain-and-suffering awards, capped at $250,000 since 1978, to about $1.2 million, a figure reflecting inflation. The fight is over MICRA – the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act – and it has been going off and on for more than 40 years between doctors, lawyers and insurers. Corcoran has been with CMA for 32 years, and became its top executive in 2010.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021