May 2018
2018 mid-term elections update: Impact on healthcare committees
The 2018 mid-term elections are setting up to be an important election for both parties. Retirements and resignations are the big story for the mid-term elections, as an unusual number of open seats will play a big role in determining who will control Congress and its healthcare committees.

Click here to read more about the upcoming mid-term elections.
Message from Chair
Since its inception nearly 50 years ago, OMSPAC has financially supported congressional candidates who advocate for healthcare issues of concern to the specialty or who are willing to engage in dialogue with us to learn more about the specialty’s role in our nation’s healthcare system. The critical value of this support is perhaps best evidenced by a number of recent victories, including a repeal of the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board and a second two-year moratorium on implementing the Medical Device Tax. We still have much to accomplish, including student loan repayment reform, coverage for dental procedures related to congenital anomalies, and FSA and HSA expansion.  

We need your help! Contributions have been declining in the past few years. While today’s political environment may seem intimidating, a contribution to OMSPAC provides you effective, organized input to elect and build relationships with candidates who oversee the federal legislation that affects the scope, quality and delivery of oral and maxillofacial surgical care.

If you have not contributed yet this year, I request that you consider making your contribution today. If you have already given this year, please encourage your colleagues to do so. Per federal election law, only OMSPAC-eligible AAOMS members may contribute to the PAC; therefore, your AAOMS.org login credentials are required to access this site.

For more information or questions about OMSPAC, please watch our video , visit OMSPAC.org or contact OMSPAC staff at 800-822-6637.

Sincerely,
Harry Y. Canter Jr., DDS
2018 OMSPAC Chair
Contribution cycle update
The OMSPAC Board has approved the transition from a rolling contribution year cycle to a calendar year contribution cycle. In its existing format, members are considered current with their annual donation if it is made within 12 months of the previous donation. Recognition as a current contributor will now shift to the year the donation is made. This means if a contribution is made in May 2018, the member will be considered a current donor for the remaining seven months of 2018. Contributions made as part of a member’s dues statement will be credited for the following year; however, contributions made in the last few months outside of the dues cycle will count for the year in which they occur. The table below provides examples:
Pre-approved contributions awaiting delivery
More than $188,000 pre-approved by the OMSPAC Board is awaiting delivery to 61 members of Congress. We need your help!

OMSPAC believes personally delivering contributions to candidates helps solidify relationships with elected officials and provides the opportunity for valuable dialogue. However, we’ve recently seen a decrease in the number of OMSs requesting to deliver candidate contributions in person.

View which members of Congress have pre-approved OMSPAC funds available to contribute.

If you see a member of Congress from your state on the list and would like to deliver the contribution yourself or recommend a colleague who may be interested in making a delivery, please contact Adam Walaszek at awalaszek@aaoms.org or 847-233-4392 . Staff is happy to assist with scheduling meetings or office visits.
OMSs in action
OMSs have delivered $240,500 to federal candidates so far during the 2018 election cycle while discussing issues of importance to the specialty.

From left to right : Dr. Norman Wat, Kathleen Wat, Owen Wat, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Dr. Stephen Wat of Fremont, Calif.
OMSPAC fundrais ing status
Between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018, OMSPAC raised $371,629 from 15.34 percent of the membership. That total is down $39,694 from the same time last year.

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Contributions are completely voluntary and you may give more or less than what is suggested. Contributions to OMSPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes and OMSPAC cannot accept contributions from foreign nationals. Federal law prohibits OMSPAC from using corporate contributions for federal candidates. Contributions from corporate accounts will be deposited into the OMSPAC Administrative Account not the Federal Election Account. The Administrative Account can be used to cover administrative expenses such as OMSPAC staff salaries, printing costs, and mailing costs.