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AM Alert: A peek inside the politics of health care

Faith Hidalgo, 12, of Meadow Vista, is examined by medical assistant Madeline Cardona at the Weimar Institute in Weimar on April 3, 2015.
Faith Hidalgo, 12, of Meadow Vista, is examined by medical assistant Madeline Cardona at the Weimar Institute in Weimar on April 3, 2015. rbenton@sacbee.com

Among a surprising plethora of failures for Gov. Jerry Brown this fall was the special session on health care, which failed to renew a tax on health plans that would pay for an expected deficit in Medi-Cal funding, despite an intense push by the Brown administration in the final days.

The fallout from those unsuccessful negotiations is likely to be among the topics discussed at a day-long conference on health care sponsored by Capitol Weekly and the UC Center. The event, starting at 9 a.m. at the Masonic Temple on J Street, features representatives from the California Medical Association, the California Hospital Association and the Department of Health Care Services, among others, and covers topics including the state insurance exchange, the extension of Medi-Cal to undocumented children and outreach to underserved communities.

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, whose push to mandate vaccinations for all California schoolchildren dominated the first half of the year, will serve as the keynote speaker. The Bee’s political editor, Amy Chance, will also moderate a panel on the politics that shape health care policy at the Capitol.

BILL BONANZA: More than 600 bills that survived the legislative gauntlet are now awaiting action from Brown over the next three weeks. Which measures will he sign? Keep track of some of the major proposals and their odds with our updating gallery.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Adam Gray, who turns 38 today. The moderate Democrat from Merced flexes his political muscle as chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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