June 29, 2016
OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez - (405) 522-7404
OHCA dentist recognized for leadership
of national organization
OKLAHOMA CITY – Leon Bragg, DDS, Chief Dental Officer for the Oklahoma
Health Care Authority, was recently recognized by Delta Dental of Oklahoma for
his service as President of the Medicaid Medicare CHIP (Children’s Health
Insurance Program) Services Dental Association (MSDA).
The award, presented during a luncheon at the annual MSDA Symposium in
Washington, D.C., included a $10,000 sponsorship to the symposium in
recognition of Dr. Bragg’s service and leadership.
John Gladden, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Oklahoma and Chairman of
Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation, states Dr. Bragg’s service as
MSDA President is “an honor and positive reflection on Oklahoma. Beyond that,
countless Oklahomans have benefitted from your tireless efforts to advance
access to dental care for the underserved in our state.”
MSDA serves to develop and promote evidence-based Medicaid/CHIP oral health
best practices and policies. Dr. Bragg has also served the organization as
Dr. Bragg became the OHCA’s first full-time dentist in February 2004. As
Chief Dental Officer, he helped develop dental care policy for SoonerCare
members, established benefit 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.
“This national recognition and award by Delta Dental of Oklahoman Oral
Health Foundation was thrilling and left me speechless. The position I hold
nationally is a reflection of what other state’s dental program officers think
of me. I feel my state position has been successful because of Oklahoma’s
dental community. I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with colleagues
to provide oral health care to our many Oklahomans that need and deserve the
care.” Dr. Bragg said.
More information about the SoonerCare dental program is available at www.okhca.org.
Medicaid program, known as SoonerCare, is administered by the Oklahoma Health
Care Authority (OHCA). 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 certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated
for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services.
Insure Oklahoma assists qualifying adults and small business employees in
obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families. OHCA strives
to educate and engage our current 784,077 members regarding personal
responsibilities for their health services utilization, behaviors, and outcomes
in partnership with a state-wide network of 46,065 providers. For more
information, visit www.okhca.org.