The Norman Transcript

January 11, 2013

Panel taps Gomez to head Medicaid

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The governing board of the agency that oversees the Medicaid program in Oklahoma selected a longtime employee on Thursday as its new chief executive at an annual salary of $152,000, plus incentives.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board voted unanimously to appoint Nico Gomez, 41, to head the agency that has about 470 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $5 billion.

Gomez began with the agency as a public information officer in 2000 and currently serves as its deputy chief executive officer. He will begin his job as the CEO on Feb. 1.

Gomez will replace longtime CEO Mike Fogarty, who will retire in March.

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