Press Release

August 29, 2016

OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez - (405) 522-7404 

Gomez resigns as OHCA CEO

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) Chief Executive Officer Nico Gomez announced he was stepping down after 20 years of public service. In a letter of resignation addressed to the OHCA Board, Gomez indicated his appreciation to the OHCA employees and his confidence in the OHCA Board. The letter indicated he was exploring opportunities in the private sector. His last day as OHCA CEO will be Sept. 30, 2016.    

Gomez has served for two decades in state government, with the last 16 years spent at OHCA. He has served as agency CEO for three and a half years.     

“I am incredibly grateful for the people at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the support they have given me throughout my career. I love the employees and this board. They are living examples of people loving and serving their neighbors unconditionally,” Gomez said.     

“As an agency, OHCA cares for the most vulnerable among us: children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. The work being done here matters, and is worthy of the continued support of the state and our lawmakers. I am proud to have served and led an agency that is saving lives and supporting our citizens and our community. I firmly believe OHCA has a strong board, a talented leadership team and employees who will continue to boldly move forward in serving the people of Oklahoma. Without question, the dedication and commitment of OHCA employees represent the true meaning of ‘Oklahoma Standard.’”

The Oklahoman honored the Oklahoma Health Care Authority as a Top Workplace for 2015, ranking the agency number 12 and is the highest-ranked government employer for large businesses with 350 or more employees.


Oklahoma’s 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 medically necessary benefits and services are available to 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 811,256 members regarding personal responsibilities for their health services utilization, behaviors, and outcomes in partnership with a state-wide network of 46,407 providers. For more information, visit