Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Health Care

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November 28, 2011 - Dr. Ronald DePinho, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center


May 30, 2011 - Dr. Howard Marcus


September 1, 2009 - Dr. Leonel Vela - Regional Dean, UT Health Science Center


August 27, 2009 - Dean Patricia Starck, DSN, RN, FAAN - University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston


June 3, 2009 - Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson, World-Renowned Medical Researcher

Governor Perry has led the effort to invest millions of dollars in biotechnology and the health care of tomorrow, leveraging the Emerging Technology Fund to help get new technology, treatments and cures to market more quickly. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, funded by Texas voters in 2007, will distribute $3 billion in funding to fight cancer over the next 10 years. Through common sense laws and the spirit of innovation, Texas is well-positioned for the future of health care.

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»  The governor ceremonially signed Senate Bill 98, which establishes a health science center and medical school in South Texas.

News & Announcements

  • Friday, March 28, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on HHS Secretary Sebelius Visit to Texas
    Yet again, the Obama Administration would rather point fingers at other people than accept any of the responsibility for Obamacare’s failure. The truth is, the more people learn about Obamacare, the less they like it, and the most egregious examples of misinformation have come directly from the president himself, with false promises that people could keep their existing plans and they could continue going to their own doctor. Texas is not the reason Obamacare is failing; it’s failing because it’s simply bad policy.
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Federal Court Ruling to Uphold Texas Law Protecting Life and Women’s Health
    The people of Texas have spoken through their elected leaders and in support of protecting the culture of life in our state. Today’s court decision is good news for Texas women and the unborn, and we will continue to fight for the protection of life and women’s health in Texas.
  • Monday, March 17, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Barbara Jordan Media Awards Winners Announced
    The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities has announced the winners of the 31st Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards for pieces produced in 2013. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities, and people with disabilities.
  • Friday, February 14, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding President Obama’s Comments about Obamacare and Texas
    Obamacare has been a complete failure. Rather than pointing fingers, President Obama should scrap his failed system and give states the flexibility they need to ensure people have long-term access to quality care. Medicaid is a broken system -- a fact President Obama has conceded in the past -- and pouring millions more people into a system that's already creaking from the strain is far from a long-term solution.
  • Wednesday, November 06, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on President’s Visit to Texas
    President Obama deceived the American people by promising that anyone who liked their health care plan could keep it, but millions of Americans are now discovering that simply isn’t true.