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.

Action Items

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

News & Announcements

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 • Conroe, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry, Lawmakers Call for Drug Screening for TANF, UI Applicants
    Texas Governor Rick Perry  was joined by Sen. Tommy Williams, Rep. Brandon Creighton and other lawmakers to call for reforms to the state's welfare and unemployment benefit programs, including authorizing drug screenings for those applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits at Thigpen Energy in Conroe, TX on November 14th, 2012
    Gov. Rick Perry was joined by Sen. Tommy Williams, Rep. Brandon Creighton and other lawmakers to call for reforms to the state’s welfare and unemployment benefit programs, including authorizing drug screenings for those applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Sen. Jane Nelson has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session to require drug screening for TANF applicants, and Sen. Williams plans to file a bill to require drug screening for UI applicants. They were also joined by representatives from the Texas Association of Business and National Federation of Independent Business.
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012 • Austin, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Call for Drug Screening for TANF, UI Applicants
    Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called on the Texas Legislature to enact reforms to the state’s welfare and unemployment benefit programs, including authorizing drug screenings for those applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. State Sen. Jane Nelson has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session to require drug screening for TANF applicants.
  • Thursday, November 08, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Highlights Importance of Fair Legal Climate in Texas
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a luncheon hosted by Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), highlighting the importance of maintaining a fair legal system in Texas that protects against lawsuit abuse. These efforts help employers spend less time in court and more time creating jobs, making Texas a place where people of all industries can confidently invest their capital and be successful.
  • Thursday, November 08, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Planned Parenthood Seeks to Abandon Constitutional Case; Betting on Technicality in Travis County Court
    Planned Parenthood has sought permission to conditionally abandon its case in federal court acknowledging what we have known from the very beginning – their constitutional challenge is flawed on its face. We see their stalling tactic for what it is – yet another attempt to unashamedly defy the will of Texas voters and taxpayers.
  • Thursday, November 01, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Adult Stem Cells Can Revolutionize Medicine, The World
    Growing replacement organs. Spinal regeneration. Repairing cardiac tissue in the aftermath of a heart attack. These ideas have belonged to the realm of science fiction for generations, but all are now realistic goals, thanks to groundbreaking research in the field of adult stem cells.