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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.

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Contract approval doesn’t guarantee more beds for kids in psychiatric crisis

By: - December 9, 2021

On paper, the state’s new contract with Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont has the potential to expand in-patient services for children in psychiatric crisis two ways: It provides up to 10 more beds and, unlike the state’s arrangement with Hampstead Hospital, this one does not exclude certain children, such as those whose behavior has led to […]

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‘COVID-19 doesn’t really care who you are’: Doctors issue blunt plea to unvaccinated

By: - December 8, 2021

The team from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health did not mince words Wednesday while pleading with the unvaccinated to get vaccinated. And those pleas were intentionally timed.  New Hampshire leads the nation in new daily COVID-19 cases, and its record high 462 COVID hospitalizations has led to a record low number of open hospital beds. On Wednesday, there […]

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Health care employers say burnout, not mandates, driving worker shortage

By: - December 8, 2021

The predictions from a handful of health care workers and the governor have been loud, dire, and frequent: Health care facilities mandating COVID-19 vaccines for staff will see their workers leave in droves.  The compliance numbers at hospitals and long-term care facilities suggest otherwise.  St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, which mandated vaccination by Nov. 12 […]

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The personal, medical, and political consequences of state’s new abortion law

By: - December 7, 2021

In three weeks, it will not only be illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 24 weeks, but every person seeking an abortion, even a legal abortion, will have to undergo an ultrasound. In early stages of pregnancy, that means having a camera slid into the vagina, not an over-the-belly scan. It’s not pleasant, especially for […]

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Executive Council to consider request for contract with Vermont mental health hospital

By: - December 6, 2021

A continuing rise in mental health crises among children and too few inpatient beds to treat them has the Department of Health and Human Services looking to Vermont for help. The department will ask the Executive Council Wednesday to approve a $684,000 contract with Brattleboro Retreat for 10 beds through June 2022. A denial of […]

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‘The picture is getting pretty dark’: Hospitals buckle under weight of COVID surge, staff shortages

By: - December 3, 2021

Catholic Medical Center in Manchester aims to discharge its long-term care patients to a nursing home within five days. Today, it can take more than 14 weeks because an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 patients and too few health care workers have left the state with dangerously few treatment beds.  Tying up a single in-patient bed […]

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The high cost of a child care crisis: ‘It’s like we are paying our mortgage three times over’

By: - December 3, 2021

Ruger Firearms in Newport has been fortunate to fill more than 100 jobs in the last year through hiring events and on-the-spot offers. But human resources director Joseph Blair said getting there has been tough because about 40 great candidates have turned down offers after realizing child care would be near impossible to find.  Keeping […]

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Fiscal committee approves funds to address shortage of hospital beds

By: - December 2, 2021

Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette offered a stark visual Thursday when she asked state fiscal officials for more flexibility spending $90 million in federal aid tackling the state’s hospital bed shortage.  Moving a single elder who doesn’t need acute hospital care to a nursing home would allow hospitals to treat as many as […]

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Squirrels, hares, and bears: As a new session approaches, a look at under-the-radar legislation

By: , and - December 2, 2021

While proposed legislation suggests COVID-19, voting rights, and abortion will consume much of the legislative debate once lawmakers reconvene in January, there are at least 800 proposed bills focused on other matters, like snowshoe hares, funeral processions, and utility companies hoping to fell trees on private property. We read through the 874 proposed pieces of […]

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Sununu, health officials seek approval of nearly $90 million for COVID efforts

By: - December 1, 2021

This story was updated December 2, 2021 at noon to include new budget information from the state Department of Health and Human Services. The governor and state health officials will ask the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee during a special meeting Thursday to expedite approval to spend nearly $90 million on their newest efforts fighting a […]

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State opens registration for 20-site ‘Booster Blitz’

By: - November 30, 2021

Granite Staters struggling to schedule a booster shot can sign up Wednesday morning for one of the 10,000 boosters the state will make available Dec. 11 during its statewide “Booster Blitz.”  Individuals will be allowed to make appointments for up to five people at vaccines.nh.gov and choose among 20 sites located from the North Country […]

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State’s supply of free, at-home COVID tests exhausted in less than 24 hours

By: - November 30, 2021

This story was updated Nov. 30, 2021, at 1 p.m. to include comments from the state Department of Health and Human Services and again at 5:30 p.m. after the state corrected the number of tests available.  Last week, Gov. Chris Sununu enthusiastically announced residents would soon have access to 1 million at-home rapid COVID-19 tests […]