Upcoming Event: Medicaid Director on "The Economics of Health Care Reform"

Michael Fogarty, Chief Executive Office of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, will be speaking on “The Economics of Health Care Reform” at noon on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Oklahoma History Center. The talk is the first spring lecture of the Practice and Policy Lecture Series co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management. The event is free and open to the public, with lunch available for purchase.

Fogarty has been CEO of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority since 1999. The agency administers the Oklahoma SoonerCare (Medicaid) programs with a staff of more than 430 employees. As CEO of the Health Care Authority, his statutory duties include service on several agency boards including the University Hospitals Authority and Trust, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth and the O.S.U. Medical Authority.

Fogarty previously served as the Health Care Authority’s State Medicaid Director and Chief Operating Officer. His career includes stints at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as the Deputy Director and Assistant Director for Medical Services. He was a member of the Washington D.C. legislative staff of former U.S. Senator David Boren. Fogarty’s career also included private law practice and private health-related business.

In 2005, Fogarty was named Administrator of the Year by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The award is given annually to a public servant in Oklahoma whose career exhibits “the highest standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment.”

For additional information and for the full list of lectures in the series, click here.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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