Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Sacramento event takes stock of health care overhaul

jwhite@sacbee.comSeptember 26, 2013 

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Peter V. Lee is directing the creation of the new California health care marketplace and related operations under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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With open enrollment for California's health insurance exchange just days away, an event co-sponsored by Capitol Weekly and the University of California Sacramento Center will take stock of the much-maligned, endlessly debated federal health care overhaul and evaluate what comes next.

Attendees will hear from a long roster including officials with Covered California and business representatives.

Speakers will include Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency; California Medical Association CEO Dustin Corcoran; John Kabateck, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business; Matt Cate, head of the California State Association of Counties; Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Association; and Charles Bacchi of the California Association of Health Plans. The conference runs all day at the Crest Theater on K Street in Sacramento.

POLLS VAULT: From fracking to prisons to the Legislature's approval rating, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll plumbs public opinion on a wide range of issues. Our writeup is up now on Capitol Alert, and PPIC research associate Jui Shrestha will be breaking down the results during a noon to 1:30 p.m. talk at the CSAC Conference Center.

REHAB REACTION: You may remember a story from the inimitable Center for Investigative Reporting exploring fraudulent billing practices by drug rehab centers. Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, responded by calling a hearing to investigate the problem. It convenes today, in conjunction with the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 4202 of the state Capitol building.

THE NEWEST SENATOR: The lawmaker formerly known as Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell officially becomes Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, today with a 2 p.m. swearing-in ceremony on the Senate floor. Mitchell cruised to her new seat, picking up four-fifths of the vote.

RETIREMENT RECKONING: Per usual, the tenuous prospects for California's public retirement systems hover in the background of projections about the state's fiscal future. The Northern California Public Retirement Seminar will meet the topic head-on today with a daylong meeting in the CalPERS Auditorium on Q Street, with a speech by Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee chair Rob Bonta, D-Alameda.

ALL ABOARD: We tend to hear more about his involvement with the speedier kind of train, but Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver the keynote to attendees of an annual Friends of Light Rail & Transit meeting at the California Railroad Museum tonight. The meeting runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the governor and Attorney General Kamala Harris will be bestowing Medal of Valor awards upon 14 public safety officials, starting at 11 a.m. at the state Capitol building.

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