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Will health care reform impact your business?

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

We’ve all heard what financial impact health care reform is having on Pulaski County School System, but do you know how the Affordable Care Act will affect your business?

You can find out by attending a forum to be held at New River Community College Monday, April 29, 1-2 p.m., in Edwards Hall room 206. Space is limited, so register early by calling Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at 674-1991. Specific questions or concerns to be addressed must be submitted by April 22.

Peggy White, chamber executive director, said the forum came about as the result of inquiries from area business owners. “We had so many questions and concerns about health care reform and what impact it’s going to have on businesses,” she said.

After discussing the matter with some area health care providers, chamber officials decided a forum to address the matter was in order. White said Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, which held a similar forum in November, was contacted for tips on organizing the event.

Panelists for the forum will be Joanne Corte Grossi, Region III director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and William A. Hazel Jr., Virginia’s secretary of Health and Human Services. Matthew D. Davison, an employment law attorney with Baker Donelson in Johnson City, Tenn. will serve as moderator.

White said Grossi will explain the law from the federal point of view and Hazel will explain how the law “translates” to Virginia business. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act’s implementation in Virginia, she said, Hazel knows “where the rubber meets the road.”

An orthopaedic surgeon from Northern Virginia, Hazel attended Duke University School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic residency at the Mayo Clinic, according to his web page on Virginia.gov.

He is a founding member of Commonwealth Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, a former chair of the American Medical Association’s Council of Legislation, speaker and president of the Medical Society of Virginia, president of the Fairfax County Medical Society, and chairman of the Inova Health System Medical Affairs Council.

Grossi was appointed by the Obama Administration in April 2010 to serve as Region III director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She earned her master’s degree in International Public Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to her appointment, she served as deputy secretary of health and director of the Office of Women’s Services in Pennsylvania. She also served 13 years as a senior technical advisor in the Bureau of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development, and she served on staffs at the American Embassy in Rome.

The Affordable Care Act forum is sponsored by Baker Donelson, with “special thanks” to LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski, New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, NRCC and Pulaski County.