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Melissa Richey named OHCA chief of communications

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Katelynn Burns, Sr. Public Information Representative
405-522-7266 |  

Melissa Richey, Chief of Communications
405-982-8707 |


Melissa Richey named OHCA chief of communications

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO Kevin Corbett has named Melissa Richey chief of communications. Richey most recently served as the director of communications for The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Richey has also served as director of promotions and public relations at Mason & Moon Advertising and as a news producer at KFOR-TV.

As chief of communications, Richey will lead the agency's communications efforts and team. She will work with OHCA leadership to strengthen engagement with agency stakeholders, customers and communities to improve health outcomes for the state.

"I am thrilled to continue my career working in the health care industry,” Richey said. “My passion is serving others, and this role will allow me to combine my strategic communications skills with helping Oklahomans receive access to quality health care services regardless of their ability to pay.”

Richey is the president-elect for the Public Relations Society of America OKC Chapter and a past president of the Oklahoma City Advertising Club. Richey was recently named by The Oklahoman as a 20th Century Woman in Healthcare, The Journal Record's Achievers Under 40 as well as OKC Biz Magazine's 40 Under 40. Richey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in broadcasting and public relations from the University of Central Oklahoma.


About the Oklahoma Health Care Authority

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority administers two health programs for the state. The first is SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. SoonerCare works to improve the health of qualified Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are available. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services. The second program OHCA operates is Insure Oklahoma, which assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families. Currently, there are 827,657 Oklahomans enrolled in OHCA’s programs. The agency contracts with a network of approximately 60,000 providers. For more information, visit or

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