Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board
The mission of the Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board (Board) is to advise the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) with respect to the administration of health, dental, vision, life and disability benefits to eligible participants.
To that end, with the assistance of staff from the OMES Employees Group Insurance Department and the OMES Employees Benefits Department, the Board will develop and adopt policies for recommendation to OMES regarding:
- Evaluation and selection of employee benefit plans to be provided in a cost efficient manner by the highest quality vendors;
- Procedures to be followed to educate participants in accessing and making elections regarding plan benefits;
- Internal procedures for protecting the confidentiality of the personal and health information of participants;
- Planning, investing and monitoring self-funded plan assets to maintain the long term viability of the plan;
- Internal procedures for the adoption of policies that assure compliance with federal and state regulations; and
- Methodologies for maintaining adequate health care provider access for participants of the self-funded plans by employing reimbursement practices that are consistent with industry benchmarks.
Jimmy J. Williams, Chairman
Steven M. Montgomery, Vice-Chairman
S. Shane Pate II, Secretary
Michael C. Felty
Dr. Lynn Mitchell
Frank Stone - Commissioner Doak Designee
John D. Doak - Insurance Commissioner
Jimmy J. Williams, CPA/PFS, CFP, is the CEO/President of Compass Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser and wealth management firm with offices in Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma. His primary responsibilities are providing coordinated financial planning services specializing in retirement and estate planning and distribution strategies. Jimmy serves as the treasurer and trustee on the AICPA Foundation. He is a past president of the OSCPA and completed a term as a member of the AICPA Board of Directors. Jimmy authors and teaches advanced financial planning techniques and ethics for the AICPA and the CPA Societies of Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Williams is often sought as an expert on financial planning matters for the Daily Oklahoman, The Planner Newsletter, OSCPA Focus Magazine, N Common Magazine for Women and the McAlester News Capital. He serves as an editorial adviser to The Tax Adviser and previously served as editorial adviser to The Journal of Financial Planning. He was appointed by Governor Keating to serve a term on the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Investors. Most recently he authored and published an article for The Tax Adviser titled "Key Planning Considerations for Cash Flow in Retirement." Jimmy was recognized by CPA Magazine as one of the "Top 40 CPAs to Know in a Recession."
Steven has been an Advisor with Principal Financial Group since November of 2009. He has also owned his own Property/Casualty Agency since 2000. He specializes in working with small to medium size businesses to provide Total Insurance and Financial Service Solutions to meet the needs of his clients. He has been married to his wife Katie since 1994. Steve & Katie are proud parents of 5 boys and enjoy
home schooling each of them.
Mr. Pate is a lawyer licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma, practicing in the Oklahoma City area. His areas of practice concentrate on commercial law, municipal law, and land use. Mr. Pate received his Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2011. He also graduated summa cum laude with a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has served as a board member for various nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma. Mr. Pate currently serves as Secretary for the Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board and serves on the compliance
committee for the same.
Michael Felty has been an attorney for more than 30 years. He is the managing shareholder of Lytle, Soule & Curlee, the present incarnation of a law firm that opened its doors in downtown Oklahoma City in 1902. His experience includes trial, mediation or arbitration of construction, personal injury, business, and intellectual property matters throughout Oklahoma and several other states. He is admitted to practice in Federal and State courts in Oklahoma and Texas. He is also admitted to practice at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
A veteran, Felty served in the Army as a member of a Pershing Missile Battalion at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Heilbronn, Germany from 1973 through 1976.
While a soldier at Ft. Sill, Felty attended Cameron University in Lawton. Following completion of his military service, Felty continued at Cameron part time while working full time. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1981. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1984.
Felty is a past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Litigation Counsel of America, and the Federal Bar Association. He is a Master in the Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court XXIII. Mr. Felty has been rated “AV Preeminent,” the highest possible peer review rating, for more than 20 years.
Felty is a University of Oklahoma President’s Associate and member of the Second Century Scholarship Society of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Lynn Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., OU Physicians Chief Medical Officer and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, OU College of Medicine, has extensive experience with health systems and assessments of health care outcomes and has been deeply involved with health care policies at the state and federal levels.
Prior to her current employment, Mitchell was the chief medical officer and deputy commissioner for Prevention and Preparedness Services for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Previously, she served as state Medicaid director from 2000 to 2010 and as medical director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from 1995 to 2000.
From 1989 to 1995, Mitchell was a member of the OU College of Medicine faculty and also held an adjunct appointment in the OU College of Public Health. Mitchell is a graduate of the OU College of Medicine and completed residency training in family medicine and in occupational medicine/preventive medicine at the OU Health Sciences Center.
Her interests include preventive care and public health, patient-centric care, innovative health care delivery models, and health care financing.
Frank Stone is Chief Actuary for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. He is responsible for the actuarial functions of the department. He also serves as the Insurance Commissioner's designee on the Firefighters Pension Board, the Police Pension Board and the Public Employees Retirement System Board.
He started his insurance career in 1970 with Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company in Oklahoma City. He left Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company in 1980 and prior to joining the Oklahoma Insurance Department in 1999 he was a consulting actuary for several life and health insurance companies and several private and public employee benefit plans. He is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries committee on Qualifications.
John D. Doak was sworn in as Oklahoma's 12th Insurance Commissioner on January 10, 2011. For the Tulsa native, it was the culmination of a decades-long dream to combine his two passions: insurance and politics.
Doak's dream to pursue a career in insurance began as a young man. His father, a stockbroker and oilman, taught him the value of hard work and the challenges and benefits of operating within a diverse financial network. His interest in politics was piqued during his days at the University of Oklahoma. It was there, during classes taught by former Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon and former State Rep. Neal McCaleb, that Doak first realized his desire to pursue public office. He graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.
Shortly after graduation, Doak opened his own small business in Tulsa. Over the course of six years, he received numerous awards and commendations for his success, including being named the third Top Life Producer for Farmers Insurance.
Doak next served as an executive for several insurance firms including Marsh, Aon Risk Services, HNI Risk Services, and Ascension Insurance. Working at the national level allowed Doak the privilege of providing coverage in over 40 states and gave him invaluable insight into national issues concerning the insurance industry. During this time, Doak also served on the Governor's Round Table for Business Development.
Such diverse experience in the industry, from small business owner to corporate executive, gives Commissioner Doak a unique and broad understanding of how insurance works and knowledge that benefits the businesses and citizens of Oklahoma. He is committed to ensuring that Oklahomans have access to affordable, transparent health care within a competitive, robust market that also helps businesses
Commissioner Doak has pledged to visit all of Oklahoma's 77 counties every year he is in office. Stops on the tour include town halls, chambers of commerce, bail bond agencies, insurance agencies, funeral homes and more. Commissioner Doak says the trips are needed to stay in touch with the needs of Oklahomans and make sure they know the Oklahoma Insurance Department is available to help. The
ambitious effort also reminds citizens that the OlD works for all Oklahomans, not just those in the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He also established a catastrophe team to respond to disasters and launched the annual National Tornado Summit and Domestic Conference. These events share a common goal, to make the Oklahoma Insurance Department more accessible to consumers.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department works hand-in-hand with lawmakers to pass legislation that will improve the lives of Oklahoma consumers and promote a robust insurance market. Thirteen OlD request bills were signed by the Governor in 20 12. These include:
- Senate Bill l621- allows small employers to purchase group insurance through an employer association, which helps small businesses save money.
- Senate Bill 1439 - enacts tougher penalties for insurance fraud.
- House Bill 2318 - requires examinations of insurance companies once every 5 years instead of once every 3 years, raising the examination standards while spreading the cost over a longer time period.
- Senate Bill 1617 - paves the way for more captive insurance companies to do business in Oklahoma by capping their premium tax at $ 100,000. This is a business recruitment tool, as currently no captive companies are domesticated in Oklahoma.
Doak has often stated, "I'm a regulator with an opinion," and under his leadership the Oklahoma Insurance Department has taken strides to reduce waste, streamline services, and advocate on the behalf of Oklahoma citizens. His administration's accomplishments include:
- Visiting each of Oklahoma's 77 counties each year he's in office
- Returning the nearly $!million federal grant for conducting health insurance premium rate reviews
- Returning $ 10 million to the state Legislature that OlD was legally authorized to spend
- Regaining full accreditation for the Oklahoma Insurance Department's Financial Division from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
- Re-focusing the efforts of OlD's Anti-Fraud Unit to investigate and actively pursue fraudulent activity, especially white-collar crime and crimes committed against the elderly
- Holding Oklahoma's first National Tornado Summit and Domestic Insurance Conference
John and his wife, Debby, live in Tulsa with their children, Zack and Kasey.