June 16, 2015
OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez- (405) 522-7404
OHCA dentist selected to lead national organization
OKLAHOMA CITY – Leon Bragg, DDS,
Chief Dental Officer for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, was recently named
President of the Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association during their annual
conference in Washington, D.C.
The national organization serves to
develop and promote evidence-based Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) oral health best practices and policies. Dr. Bragg has served the
organization as vice-president since 2013.
In February 2004, Dr. Bragg became
the OHCA’s first full-time dentist. As Chief Dental Officer, he has helped
develop program policy for dental care for SoonerCare members, established
benefits standards for quality and assisted with utilization review for the
program. Dr. Bragg also serves as a
liaison between the state agency and its dental providers.
Prior to his OHCA employment, Dr.
Bragg served as Assistant Professor in Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials
at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Dentistry. During his time there he completed a Master
of Education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated from
the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center Faculty Development
program. Dr. Bragg was the first
Langston graduate to attend, and the second African American to graduate from,
the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.
On Aug. 1, 2003, Dr. Bragg was
named Assistant Dean for Clinics, the first African American to hold this
distinction in the history of the Dental College. He also maintained a private
practice for more than 20 years. In June 2006, Dr. Bragg was invited to
Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, a non-profit professional organization
comprised of dentists who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and
contributions to the profession and their community. He has also served as president of the Board
of Directors for Community Health Centers, Inc.
“I am pleased that my colleagues
from across the country placed their trust in me to lead this
organization. Nationally, the SoonerCare
dental program has gained a lot of attention and serves as a reference for some
states. It is also wonderful to have the
support of the OHCA leadership, especially our Chief Medical Officer, Dr.
Sylvia Lopez,” Dr. Bragg said.
More information about the
SoonerCare dental program is available at www.okhca.org.
Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers Oklahoma’s Medicaid
program, known as SoonerCare, and Insure Oklahoma, a premium assistance
program funded by tobacco tax revenue. SoonerCare works to improve the
health outcomes of Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary
benefits and services are responsive to the health care needs of our
members. Qualifying Oklahomans include low-income children, pregnant
women, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical
cancer and those seeking family planning services. All must meet income
guidelines. Insure Oklahoma assists qualifying adults and small
business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and
their families. OHCA works with our current 821,858 members, our
statewide network of 42,070 health care providers and numerous state and
local partners to promote responsible health care service utilization, healthy behaviors and improved health outcomes. For more information, visit www.okhca.org or www.insureoklahoma.org.