Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Health Care

Related Content


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, May 19, 2010 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Great Institutions Join Forces to Fight Cancer
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the announcement of a major joint cancer research initiative between the A&M System’s National Center for Therapeutic Manufacturing (NCTM) and the UT System’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, combining the resources of each institution to advance cancer research in Texas. The governor was joined by Texas A&M University System Chancellor Mike McKinney and University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.
  • Friday, April 30, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Decision on Temporary High-Risk Pool
    Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notifying her that the State of Texas cannot today commit to operating a new temporary high-risk pool program due to the lack of program rules or reliable federal funding.
  • Thursday, April 22, 2010 • Abilene, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Emphasizes Importance of Nurse Training Programs in Texas
    Gov. Rick Perry today emphasized the importance of nurse training programs in Texas to help meet our state’s growing health care demands. The governor presented Hendrick Medical Center with a $175,000 Wagner-Peyser Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to create an accelerated bridge program that will allow students with a Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) degree to become Registered Nurses (RN) in less than a year.
  • Monday, March 29, 2010 • North Richland Hills, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texas’ Economy Continues to Have a Strong Foundation
    Gov. Rick Perry today touted Texas’ relatively strong economic environment with attracting businesses to expand in the state and create jobs for Texans. The governor spoke at a ribbon cutting for Prestige-Ameritech’s new manufacturing facility, which is creating nearly 250 jobs in North Texas.
  • Sunday, March 21, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Passage of Federal Health Care Bill
    Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the passage of the federal health care bill: "Unfortunately, the health care vote had more to do with expanding socialism on American soil than it does fixing our health care finance and delivery systems. The Obama health care bill undermines patient choice, personal responsibility, medical innovation and fiscal responsibility in America. As passed by the U.S. House, the bill will cost Texas taxpayers billions more, and drive our nation much deeper into debt. Congress's backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers undermined the public trust and increased cynicism in our political process. Texas leaders will continue to do everything in our power to fight this federal excess and find ways to protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers from this gross federal overreach."