National Issues Forum

AQHA President Johne Dobbs to headline panel at American Horse Council Issues Forum.

The American Horse Council
May 17, 2013

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AQHA president Johne Dobbs will speak at this year's American Horse Council Issues Forum.

American Quarter Horse Association President Johne Dobbs is scheduled to speak at this year’s American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum on Tuesday, June 18, during AHC’s annual convention in Washington, D.C.

The Forum will feature a panel on the future of the industry, featuring Dobbs and three other women who are leading national organizations this year and a presentation on how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare," will affect the horse industry.

Joining Dobbs on the panel will be Dr. Ann Dwyer, president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners; Cynthia Richardson, president of the Arabian Horse Association; and Chrystine Tauber, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed in March 2010, is the most sweeping social legislation enacted since Medicare in 1965. It is expected to transform U.S. healthcare delivery and will affect members of the horse industry just like others. Obamacare is an issue the industry must be preparing for on an ongoing basis. Indeed, some should have already taken steps to be ready. AHC hopes that the presentation on Obamacare will help employers in the horse community understand their obligations under the new law.

Vanda McMurtry, an attorney with Davis & Harman in Washington, D.C., will explain what those in the industry should be doing now and what they should be prepared to do in the future under the new requirements. McMurtry has worked in the insurance industry and represented insurance companies for many years.

More information on these Forums and the entire AHC annual meeting, including registration and hotel information can be found on AHC's website, http://horsecouncil.org/events.php.