||Michael Fogarty, Chief Executive Officer|
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Mike Fogarty is the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. OHCA administers the Oklahoma SoonerCare Programs, serving nearly 800,000 Oklahomans with a budget of greater than $4.5 billion. He joined the agency in 1995 as the state Medicaid director and chief operating officer
His graduate education includes a master of social work from the University of Oklahoma and juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University.
Fogarty's public service career began in 1971 as a social worker for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In 1979 he joined the legislative staff of the newly-elected U.S. Senator David Boren. He returned to Oklahoma as the deputy director of OKDHS and in 1983 became the Medicaid director. From 1987 to 1994, Fogarty maintained a private law practice and also owned and operated nursing facilities in Oklahoma.
Fogarty plays a leadership role as Oklahoma prepares to implement national health reform and bring public and private health insurance coverage to Oklahomans who lack access to affordable coverage.