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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.

Planned maternity ward closure draws AG’s attention, raises concerns among health care leaders

By: - August 15, 2022

The Attorney General’s Office is not alone in voicing concerns this month with Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s plans to close its labor and delivery services due to cost. Its concerns relate to their 2020 merger agreement with HCA Healthcare to keep those services in place for at least five years.  Health care and community leaders are […]

Sununu forms selection committee for next Health and Human Services commissioner

By: - August 11, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu has begun looking for a new Health and Human Services commissioner and has given those interested until Sept. 6 to apply. Commissioner Lori Shibinette, who was appointed three weeks before the pandemic hit, announced in July that she will step down in mid-December to spend more time with family after a grueling […]

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Fiscal committee declines to approve plan to compensate YDC victims

By: - August 11, 2022

After citing multiple concerns, lawmakers declined Wednesday to approve the Attorney General’s Office’s proposed plan for compensating hundreds of people sexually and physically abused while held at the former Youth Development Center.  Instead, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee asked Attorney General John Formella to come back after his office had addressed those concerns, which ranged […]

State says it has ‘very limited’ supply of monkeypox vaccine

By: - August 10, 2022

This story was updated Aug. 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. to correct the state’s number of vaccine doses. While the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in New Hampshire grows but remains low at 15, the state Department of Health and Human Services says the state has very limited supply of vaccine. According to the Centers […]

State training program aims to help health care providers better understand military culture

By: - August 9, 2022

It’s a simple question the state’s military leaders would like more health care providers to ask patients: Have you or a family member served in the military? They say the answer can inform treatment, and the question can make a patient feel seen and understood – both critical to successful treatment. Aiming to increase awareness […]

State can’t deliver new dental benefits to adults on Medicaid without more dentists 

By: - August 5, 2022

The state’s victory this year in finally getting lawmaker approval to provide nearly 85,000 adults on Medicaid basic dental benefits will be short-lived if it can’t find more dentists like Chris and Derek Blackwelder. The two are among the approximately 16 percent of New Hampshire dentists who take Medicaid, a percentage some oral health advocates […]

New NH law requires National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be included on student ID cards

By: - August 3, 2022

Student ID cards for sixth graders up to college students must now include the 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, under a law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Wednesday. There is no requirement, however, that the cards also include the state’s crisis line, which may be a better option for those in New Hampshire with out-of-state […]

Attorney who represented church abuse victims defends state’s YDC settlement plan

By: - August 3, 2022

Attorneys on opposite sides of settling sexual abuse claims against the Catholic Church 20 years ago now fiercely disagree over the state’s proposed plan for settling claims from hundreds of people abused while at the former state Youth Detention Center.  In a July 29 letter to Attorney General John Formella, attorney Chuck Douglas, who represented […]

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3.5 percent of NH children under 5 have received at least one COVID vaccine dose, analysis finds

By: - August 2, 2022

New Hampshire is 14th among all states for the number of children under 5 who’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. It ranked Vermont and Massachusetts second and third, respectively. The data was released in late July, about a month after the Food and Drug Administration […]

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Hurdles lie ahead for new state lawsuit and federal opioid strike force 

By: - August 2, 2022

The state has sued the makers and distributors of opioids. Now state and federal law enforcement leaders are targeting three other players in an opioid drug epidemic that killed nearly 360 in 2021: the three largest pharmacy chains that distributed the medication, physicians who overprescribed it, and pharmacists who filled suspiciously large prescriptions. History suggests […]

‘A lifetime of addiction’: State public health leader sounds alarm about youth vaping

By: - July 28, 2022

Nearly 34 percent of New Hampshire high school students and 50 percent of 12th grade boys have vaped, enough to make youth vaping a “huge public health crisis,” the state’s public health chief told executive councilors Wednesday.  “We know we’ve heard from teachers, coaches, parents, everyone that this is a huge issue because we know […]

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State sets deadline for proposals to purchase Lakes Region property

By: - July 27, 2022

Hoping to turn conversations with several developers into offers, the state and its marketing firm have set an Aug. 19 deadline for proposals to buy 216 acres in Laconia that once housed the Lakes Region prison. “We had multiple interested parties who have been asking questions and meeting with people but they haven’t submitted anything […]