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Beth Capell

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Beth Capell

Lobbyist/Policy Advocate
Health Access California
health policy consulting and legislative advocacy
HMO Patient Bill of Rights
expanded health insurance coverage


Beth Capell is a lobbyist and policy advocate for Health Access California, a statewide health care consumer advocacy organization based in Oakland that is comprised of a coalition of over 200 constituency groups working for quality, affordable health care for all. Capell works out of the Sacramento office to provide policy analysis, legislative advocacy and other strategic input to Health Access and to other consumer, labor and public interest organizations on health care issues. Capell, who runs the legislative advocacy firm Capell & Associates, has 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 creation of Healthy Families. Capell has worked in and around the state capitol since 1997, working on legislative staff, in the executive branch and in campaign consulting. She has been a legislative advocate since 1984 working on health care issues. Capell holds 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 the campus.

1127 11th Street, Suite 234
Sacramento  California  95814
United States
Office Phone: 
(916) 497-0760


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