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Longtime Oklahoma health official plans to step down

Published: September 13, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The longtime director of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority says he's planning to step down.

Health Care Authority CEO Mike Fogarty announced at the agency's regular board meeting on Thursday that he plans to retire in March.

The 64-year-old Fogarty has served at the agency's chief executive officer for the last 13 years and before that he served as the agency's state Medicaid director.

He first went to work for the state in 1971 as a social worker at the Department of Human Services.

The agency has more than 400 employees and oversees the federal Medicaid program in Oklahoma.

Fogarty wrote in an email to agency employees on Thursday that he is “fortunate beyond my dreams” to end his career at the Health Care Authority.