For Immediate Release:
February 3, 2023
Mulready Announces Key Staff Changes for PBM Compliance Program
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready announced the appointment of Ashley Scott as the new Director for the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s (OID) Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Compliance and Enforcement Division. In addition, Molly Clinkscales was appointed as the lead attorney for the program.
Scott has been with the Department since 2020 and currently serves as the agency’s Government and Community Affairs Director. She will continue in this role in addition to the new appointment. Scott has over 15 years of state service focused on policy development and implementation. She has worked in several state agencies and for the Majority Floor Leader, Speaker Pro Tempore and Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma House of Representatives during multiple administrations.
Clinkscales joined the legal team of OID as an Assistant General Counsel in 2021 with the primary focus areas of life and health insurance, including PBM regulation. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and has been in state service since 2018.
“Ashley is well-respected across state government and has been a vital part of our team since the beginning of building our PBM regulatory program,” said Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready. “I am excited that we are officially bifurcating these two positions and having Molly serve as lead counsel gives me great confidence in carrying out our regulatory mission. Both team members have extensive knowledge of current laws and regulations which will allow us to continue seamlessly, and I look forward to this next phase under their leadership.”
Oklahoma is a national leader on developing a regulatory framework for Pharmacy Benefit Managers and serves as vice-chair on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) PBM Working Group. During the last year, the PBM division has resolved over 200,000 violations, issued over 25 administrative orders, entered into five settlement agreements, and returned almost $700,000 in fee reimbursements to local Oklahoma independent pharmacies.
If you have insurance questions, please contact the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit our website at www.oid.ok.gov.