Texas health official out after study on Planned Parenthood

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Summary: “A top Texas health official is stepping down after co-authoring a study that drew strong backlash from Republican leaders for suggesting that cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women’s health care statewide,” Paul J. Weber writes for The Associated Press. “Rick Allgeyer, director of research at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, was facing possible discipline for the study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. [Editors note: The original study is here.] He was eligible for retirement and will leave in March, agency spokesman Bryan Black said Thursday. Black said that Allgeyer — who has worked in Texas government for more than 20 years — broke policy by working on the study on taxpayer time. Other co-authors included one of Allgeyer’s subordinates at the health commission, University of Texas researchers and an Austin attorney who represented Planned Parenthood in lawsuits over being excluded from the program the study examined. ‘He should have never been putting in time on this study during the normal business day, he was paid to perform state business,’ Black said in an email. Published in one of the nation’s most prominent medical journals, the study found that fewer women in Texas have obtained long-acting birth control, such as intrauterine devices, after the GOP-controlled Legislature barred the nation’s largest abortion provider from a state women’s health program in 2013. Births paid for under Medicaid also increased among some women.” Paul J. Weber, Texas health official out after study on Planned Parenthood<,/a> The Associated Press.