AUSTIN (AP) – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed two men to hold key posts in the Health and Human Services Commission following recent high-level departures.
Perry named former state lawmaker Dr. Kyle Janek as commissioner of the agency, which oversees the state’s provision of health care for the poor, services for the disabled and the state health department. Janek served as a Republican in the Texas Legislature from 1995-2008. The Austin anesthesiologist has also recently worked a lobbyist representing a medical malpractice insurance interests and the American Cancer Society.
Perry also promoted Chris Traylor from commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, a post he’s held since 2010. He will now serve as deputy commissioner of Health and Human Services responsible for the Medicaid program.
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