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

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2003 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces $120 Million Grant for National Lab in Galveston
    AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) has been awarded a $120 million grant to establish one of the first national biocontainment laboratories.
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2003 • Speech
    Gov. Perry Speaks at Heritage Foundation
    I commend each of you here today—whether you are a distinguished board member, a policy analyst, or an intern grinding away in a cubicle—for the energy, ideas and idealism you have contributed to the cause. And that cause remains what it was the day Ronald Reagan first took the oath of office as our president: to spread the values of freedom, to champion the possibilities of the free enterprise system, and to limit the size, scope and mission of government.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2003 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces $3.9 Million in Federal Grants to Expand Health Services
    AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas has been awarded almost $3.9 million in federal grants to expand health care services to low-income and uninsured Texans.
  • Tuesday, August 05, 2003 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces $167 Million For Medicaid Reimbursements
    Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (right) announce the approval of $167 million in federal funds to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate for health care providers and expand community care services for the elderly and poor. House Speaker Tom Craddick also joined in the announcement. The announcement came after the Attorney General's Office advised Gov. Perry that the three could authorize the expenditure.
    AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that $167 million in federal funds can now be used to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate for health care providers and expand community care services for the elderly and poor.
  • Friday, August 01, 2003 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Democrat Holdouts Jeopardize Trauma Care Funding
    SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today said Democrats’ refusal to return to work is jeopardizing $330 million in funding for trauma care and transportation projects.