BETH CAPELL (She/Her) principal with Capell & Assoc., provides policy analysis, legislative advocacy, and other strategic input to Health Access and to other consumer, labor and public interest organizations on health care issues.
Ms. Capell has headed Capell & Assoc. and represented Health Access since 1996. During those years, Health Access fought for and won the HMO Patient Bill of Rights as well as expansions of health coverage, including the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California and Health4All which has expanded Medi-Cal to the undocumented. She has been involved in the development of four new state agencies: the Employment Training Panel in 1982, the Department of Managed Health Care in 1999, Covered California in 2011, and now the Office of Health Care Affordability in 2023. She has worked on numerous other pieces of legislation to protect health care consumers. She has worked on a number of ballot measures related to health care.
Ms. Capell has worked in and around the State Capitol since 1977, working on legislative staff, in the executive branch, and in campaign consulting. Since 1984, she has been a legislative advocate working on health care issues.
Ms. Capell has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and has also served as a Visiting Scholar, research associate and teaching assistant at that campus.