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, 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.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    We Need Real Reform, Not More Medicaid
    Expecting to extend quality health care access to millions of Americans by pressing them into the existing Medicaid system is a little like expecting to win the Indy 500 in a 1965 Chevy Corvair. It's just not the right tool for the job. A fundamental flaw in the Obama Administration's government health care plan is that Medicaid is already on the brink of failure. Dumping millions more individuals into the Medicaid mix will not save it, will not cut any costs, and will not improve overall access to quality care.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Expanding a Broken System is No Solution for Health Care
    In Texas, Medicaid already accounts for more than 20 percent of our general revenue spending, with that number threatening to skyrocket further in the next budgetary cycle. The president's plan promises to pay the state share of expansion for a few years. However, that "federal" money is still taxpayer financed, whether it's collected or borrowed. That flow of money will, necessarily, come to an end, and states will be left with a massive bill that can't even be estimated yet.