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Spring 2012 Domenici Institute Forum focuses on health care reform

Small business owners can learn more about how health care reform affects them at the Spring 2012 Domenici Institute Forum.


Portrait of Dr. Bob Graboyes
Dr. Bob Graboyes is a senior fellow for health and economics for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Research Foundation. He will discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what it means for small businesses at the Spring 2012 Domenici Institute Forum on January 17th. (Submitted photo)

The forum takes place from 4-5 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the KRWG-TV studios on the campus of New Mexico State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bob Graboyes, senior fellow for health and economics for the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation, will discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what it means for small businesses.

"Small businesses are dealing with numerous challenges in this difficult economy, including health care reform," said Garrey Carruthers, dean of New Mexico State University's College of Business and director of NMSU's Domenici Institute. "Through this Domenici Institute Forum, small business owners in the region will have the opportunity to learn from a nationally prominent expert how health care reform is expected to impact them."

At the forum, Graboyes will discuss 12 needed reforms to the health care legislation that are of importance to small businesses.

In addition to his work with the National Federation of Independent Business, Graboyes teaches health care professionals in master's and doctoral programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia and George Mason University. Graboyes was an economist at the University of Richmond, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., the Virginia Department of Taxation and Chase Manhattan Bank.

The Domenici Institute Forum is an extension of the university's yearly Domenici Public Policy Conference. The goal of the forums is to engage the public and encourage them to discuss and take part in issues of public interest, specifically, important policy matters.

The forum will be taped for broadcast, so those attending must arrive on campus by 3:30 p.m. and be at the KRWG studios in Milton Hall by 3:45 p.m. Taping will begin promptly at 4 p.m. For those who cannot attend the forum, KRWG will broadcast the proceedings at 7 p.m. Jan. 19, 5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 11 a.m. Jan. 22.

For more information and a parking guide, log onto http://domenici.nmsu.edu.