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

  • Thursday, October 25, 2012 • Austin, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: We Must Cure Cancer Once and For All
    Gov. Rick Perry urged leaders at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to continue aggressively pursuing their goal of finding cures for cancer, and praised the extraordinary work they have accomplished since the institute’s creation. The governor addressed CPRITs 3rd Annual Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference.
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Text of Gov. Perry’s Remarks at The Source for Women’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Gov. Rick Perry gave remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Source for Women of Spring Branch pregnancy medical center.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on the 5th Circuit’s Decision to Vacate Preliminary Injunction Regarding Women’s Health Program
    Today’s ruling affirms that Texas’ Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund organizations that promote abortion – including Planned Parenthood. The 5th Circuit’s decision is a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life. We will continue to work with Attorney General Abbott in the fight to defend our state laws. Texas will continue providing important health services for women through this program in spite of the Obama Administration’s disregard for our state law and unilateral decision to defund this program.
  • Monday, July 30, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    What Others Are Saying…
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Dr. Kyle Janek of Austin as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) effective Sept. 1, 2012, and announced that Chris Traylor of Austin will serve as chief deputy commissioner. This team will oversee the operations of the five health and human services agencies, including more than 55,000 employees, combined annual budgets of more than $30 billion, and the state’s Medicaid program.
  • Monday, July 30, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Janek and Traylor to Lead New Leadership Team at HHSC
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Dr. Kyle Janek of Austin as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) effective Sept. 1, 2012, and announced that Chris Traylor of Austin will serve as chief deputy commissioner. This team will oversee the operations of the five health and human services agencies, including more than 55,000 employees, combined annual budgets of more than $30 billion, and the state's Medicaid program.