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Annmarie Timmins

Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

‘We’re teetering on the edge.’ Are Medicaid rates making it harder to age at home?

By: - March 22, 2023

Instead of living in nursing facilities, nearly 3,800 Granite Staters are in their own homes and communities thanks to the help they receive with basic needs like bathing, transferring from a wheelchair to bed, managing medications, making meals, and getting to medical appointments. Approximately 600 of them risk losing that care in July if the […]

DHHS wants to use $15 million in federal aid for second psychiatric hospital

By: - March 20, 2023

The Department of Health of Human Services is seeking to invest $15 million in federal pandemic money in a second behavioral health hospital, this one a 120-bed facility in southern New Hampshire.  Just over a year ago, the department used $15 million in federal money to buy Hampstead Hospital, a behavioral health hospital for children […]

Even with a $3.7 million cut, advocates support ‘healthy aging’ bill

By: - March 17, 2023

The state Senate on Thursday passed a significantly scaled back version of a bill that would increase funding and assistance for Granite Staters over age 60 and those who have disabilities and are eligible for Medicaid. The amended version of Senate Bill 36 would put just over $1.7 million into developing and coordinating a system […]

A guide to using the state’s new right-to-know office

By: - March 17, 2023

In his first several weeks, the state’s right-to-know ombudsman has received five complaints against state and local public agencies. Ombudsman Thomas Kehr, who began in January, said the Milford and Newbury town offices and the state Department of Transportation are each the subject of one complaint. The Newmarket town office is the subject of two, […]

Exterior sign for the Sununu Center

Advocates: Limiting police use of Sununu Center will hurt, not help, kids

By: - March 15, 2023

Over the objections of child advocates, a House committee voted Wednesday to reduce the number of offenses that would make a juvenile eligible for detention at the Sununu Youth Services Center. They warned rather than help juveniles, the law change could lead to more juveniles being charged. There are also questions about whether the bill […]

Mental health advocates to Sununu: We need more beds in communities, not hospitals

By: - March 14, 2023

Mental health advocates are fighting Gov. Chris Sununu’s two-part proposal to force hospitals to give the state more emergency psychiatric hospital beds and extend the time the state can hold someone in an emergency room for involuntary admission.  Among those pushing back is the New Hampshire Hospital Association, which says hospitals are already short beds […]

AARP: NH family caregivers gave $2.8 billion in uncompensated care in 2021

By: - March 9, 2023

Nearly 168,000 Granite Staters were providing critical home-based care to older people or adults with a serious health condition in 2021, according to AARP’s latest update to its “Valuing the Invaluable” report.  An estimated 30 percent of them were simultaneously caring for children or grandchildren, and nearly three out of five caregivers are also working, […]

AG OKs closure of 11th maternity ward in 20 years

By: - March 9, 2023

This story was updated March 9, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. to correct the time span of hospital closures. Citing cost concerns, Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester has struck an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office to close its labor and delivery services two years early. It is the 11th hospital in the state to cease […]

No call from Sununu for DCYF review in Laconia boy’s homicide

By: - March 8, 2023

Gov. Chris Sununu declined Wednesday to say whether he will call for a review of the state’s handling of nearly 25 reports of suspected abuse against four Laconia children, one of whom died from blunt force trauma in 2019, shortly after the last report. The homicide of Dennis “Boo” Vaughan Jr., 5, remains open and […]

Exterior of the State House

Lawmaker tries again to increase speed limit on Lake Winnipesaukee 

By: - March 6, 2023

The daytime speed limit on the widest portion of Lake Winnipesaukee would go from 45 to 65 mph under a bill up for a public hearing Wednesday. If history and the testimony submitted ahead of Wednesday’s hearing are any indication, it will face a tough fight.  A similar effort failed last year in the House, […]

No arrest, no comment: The 5-year-old homicide victim the state’s not talking about

By: - March 6, 2023

Judy Anderson had grown impatient by the time she marched into the Laconia mayor’s office in October with a photo of 5-year-old Dennis Vaughan Jr. to remind him that the boy’s 2019 homicide in his grandmother’s Laconia apartment remains unsolved. Anderson, a Gilford retiree who didn’t know Dennis “Boo” Vaughan Jr., said she’s done waiting […]

A border patrol agent talks to a driver sitting in a gray pickup truck

With illegal crossings up and federal aid down, Sununu wants $1.4 million for border patrols

By: - March 3, 2023

This story was updated to include a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. A record number of people, many families with young children and infants, entered the country illegally from Canada in January, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Gov. Chris Sununu has asked lawmakers for $1.4 million to beef […]