Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Dustin Corcoran

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13. Dustin Corcoran

A major deal was reached this year – finally! – in California’s venerable Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, the statute known as MICRA, that has pitted California lawyers against doctors against insurers since the day it was enacted 47 years ago. Not surprisingly, the California Medical Association, headed by Dustin Corcoran, was a heavy hitter in the parley – along with some others on this list – and people should thank him: A MICRA measure won’t go before voters on the ballot in November, as originally planned, and that means an array of special interests won’t have to pony up millions of dollars for a ballot fight over an arcane issue. Apart from MICRA, the interminable pandemic and the need for masking, vaccinations and boosting – which the CMA aggressively supports – has taken up much the
CMA’s attention. Corcoran, who has been with the CMA for 33 years, became its top executive in 2010.

Updated Aug. 9, 2022

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