Edgar Walters

Edgar Walters covers health care for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in September 2013. When not in the newsroom or at the Capitol, he can be found on the volleyball court, where he stands 6'7".

Recent Contributions

Judge Denies UT-Austin Professors' Attempt to Block Campus Carry

Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.
Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.

A federal judge has denied three University of Texas at Austin professors’ initial attempt to keep guns out of their classrooms under the state’s campus carry law.

Texas Sees "Unusual" Spike in Pregnancy-Related Deaths, Study Finds

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Texas has seen an “unusual,” dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy-related causes in the last five years, according to a new study.

Growing Zika Threat Prompts New Calls for Medicaid Expansion in Texas

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.

Advocates for the uninsured are hoping the threat of Zika will spur Republican leaders to consider a massive expansion of subsidized health care to the low-income Texans they say are most vulnerable to the disease.

Massive Health Data Warehouse Delayed Again, A Decade After Texas Pitched It

Charles Smith, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, testified August 15, 2016, before the House State Affairs Committee on contracting procedures.
Charles Smith, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, testified August 15, 2016, before the House State Affairs Committee on contracting procedures.

Texas health regulators are starting from scratch in designing a project to store massive amounts of data — after spending millions of dollars trying to roll out a version that’s now been scrapped.

 

Anti-Abortion Advocate's Group Receives Large Women's Health Grant

One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.
One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.

A group led by an anti-abortion advocate received $1.6 million in state funding from a program recently created to help women find health care services paid for by the state.

Family Kept in the Dark After Death at Texas Psychiatric Hospital

Keith Clayton, pictured here in 2013, died after being restrained at the North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls. Family members say the state has kept quiet about the circumstances of his death.
Keith Clayton, pictured here in 2013, died after being restrained at the North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls. Family members say the state has kept quiet about the circumstances of his death.

When he began exhibiting signs of schizophrenia, Keith Clayton's family agonized over sending him to a state-run psychiatric hospital. Days after his arrival, the 55-year-old was dead — the victim of a restraint gone wrong. 

Pay Caseworkers and Fosters More, New Chief Says

Hank Whitman, commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, took office May 1.
Hank Whitman, commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, took office May 1.

In a wide-ranging interview, Hank Whitman, the new commissioner overseeing Child Protective Services, explains how he thinks he can turn around a child welfare agency crippled by low morale, high turnover and a spate of high-profile child deaths.