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Oklahoma Health Care Authority selects new leader

Nico Gomez, a 13-year veteran of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, was hired as its chief executive at a board meeting on Thursday. Gomez, a state employee since 1995, will replace Mike Fogarty at the helm of the authority.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: January 10, 2013 at 11:23 pm •  Published: January 10, 2013

The authority serves 1 million different Oklahomans each year, including 500,000 children, he said.

“And my priority goal is to make sure we are taking care of them in a responsible and appropriate way (and) making sure that our staff have the resources to take care of them,” he said.

He said it will take “outside-the-box” thinking to develop an insurance coverage plan for the state's low-income residents.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Gomez will bring “valuable experience and knowledge” to the table as chief executive of the health care authority.

“I look forward to working with Nico and the (authority) on Oklahoma-based solutions to expand and improve access to quality health care for low-income Oklahomans, children, the elderly and the disabled,” Fallin said.