Your state society's political advocacy starts with the KSEPS political action committee -- the PAC of Kansas Ophthalmologists (PACKO). The committee has been a strong advocate for Eye MDs in Kansas by helping to support the election of candidates for state office, primarily the Kansas House of Representatives and the State Senate.

A top goal of PACKO is to help elect officeholders who understand the importance of a medical education and the training received by an ophthalmologist, as well as those who are committed to maintaining accessible and high quality medical/surgical eye care.  We seek to support candidates who either have demonstrated through votes in the legislature or by their statements that they agree with our concerns about eye care in Kansas.  We also consider positions on other issues, including access to eye care, tort reform and medical malpractice issues, Medicaid and a range of topics which would affect medical practices and small business owners in general.

Among the factors the committee considers when determining support for a candidate are:

  • Stated or demonstrated positions on issues important to ophthalmologists
  • Service on relevant legislative committees
  • Leadership positions in the legislature or other state government activities
  • Personal recommendation of an KSEPS member
  • Support from other medical professions
  • Electability - i.e., likelihood of success in the election

PACKO is a state political action committee.  We do not make any contributions to candidates for federal office, such as Congress.

Financial Support from Ophthalmologists

PACKO is funded through contributions of ophthalmologists from throughout the state.  

Ophthalmologists -- WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS!  You can contribute online now... 

We're facing unprecedented challenges by well-funded opponents.  It's absolutely critical for ophthalmology to be competitive in the coming election cycle.  Toward that end, we suggest a minimum donation of $5,000 which makes you a member of the Leadership Team.  Better yet, join the "Chairman's Circle" with a $10,000 donation.  However, any amount is appreciated!

Note - if you have logged-in to the website, some of the fields in the donation form will be populated for you.  Click on the "Member log-in" link at the top of this page and enter your KSEPS user name and password.  However, this step is not required to access the donation page.