Friday, August 3, 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced she has reappointed Ann Bryant to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) Board.
Bryant, of Enid, will serve a four-year term effective Sept. 2, and expiring Sept. 1, 2022. She serves on the board as a consumer member from the Third Congressional District.
Bryant has served on the Board since 2010. Fallin reappointed her in 2014.
“Ann Bryant is a strong advocate for those needing our public health services,” said Fallin. “She is very active in her community, and I appreciate her willingness to continue to serve the state of Oklahoma.”
The OHCA board directs the actions and oversees the operation of the Health Care Authority. The seven board members are appointed by the governor, president pro tempore of the Senate, and the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Bryant is a member of the Garfield County Health Planning Coalition, and helped establish Enid’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. She currently services as president of the Oklahoma state chapter of P.E.O, a women’s philanthropic organization whose mission is to help women reach their educational goals.
She previously worked as a medical microbiologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, and at Smith Cline Laboratory in Waltham, Massachusetts.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and clinical laboratory science from South Dakota State University and interned at Creighton Memorial Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
She had her husband, James Sears Bryant, have four grown children.
“I appreciate Governor Fallin’s confidence in me by asking to serve another term on the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board,” Bryant said. “I will continue to do my best to make sure Oklahomans have access to quality health care services regardless of their ability to pay.”
About the Oklahoma Health Care Authority
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) 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.