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, November 23, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Saying No to a Really Bad Idea
    It’s really far past time for us to call Obamacare what it truly is: an unprecedented government overreach into every American's life, forcing higher costs onto individuals, practitioners, employers and state governments in lieu of actually fixing our healthcare system.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texas Will Not Implement State Insurance Exchange Under Obamacare
    Gov. Rick Perry, in a follow-up letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, reiterated Texas' decision not to implement a state insurance exchange as part of Obamacare. The deadline to inform the federal government of a state's intention regarding a state exchange is November 16.
  • 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.