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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COVID-19 tests are now being sold at liquor stores – and that’s a concern for some

By: - February 7, 2022

This story was updated on Feb. 7, 2022, at noon to correct the number of tests in each testing kit and on Feb. 23, 2022 at noon to remove inaccurate information about insurance reimbursement that had been provided by the state.  With the omicron variant persisting and at-home rapid COVID-19 tests in short supply, the […]

Mariah Blum standing at the nurses station

Travel nurses have been essential during the pandemic – but at a cost

By: - February 4, 2022

This story was updated Feb. 4, 2022 at noon to with a clarification from Cheshire Medical Center that it was referring to national nursing vacancies, not its own vacancy rate.  Nurse Nick Caruso has worked in eight hospitals during the pandemic and, hands down, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon is his favorite. He likes the […]

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Abortion ban repeal bill, rewritten as ultrasound clarification, passes Senate

By: - February 3, 2022

In a 14-10 party-line vote Thursday, the Senate passed a significant rewrite of a bill seeking to repeal the state’s new 24-week abortion ban, changing it from a repeal to a clarification of the ban’s ultrasound requirement. Republicans also rejected four amendments from Democrats that would have scaled back the abortion ban by adding exceptions […]

Dental instruments on a $100 bill

Senate committee shows support for expanded dental benefits under Medicaid

By: - February 2, 2022

This story was updated February 2, 2022 at 12:50 a.m. with the of people who signed in to support and oppose Senate Bill 422 for Wednesday’s hearing. A nearly two-decades-long effort to give adults on Medicaid preventative dental benefits – not only those for costly emergency care – is again gaining momentum in the Legislature. […]

New report highlights Medicaid access challenges, offers recommendations

By: - February 1, 2022

The challenges and shortcomings of Medicaid are many for the 202,000 Granite Staters who receive it and the countless others who could but don’t, public health advocates say. Women whose pregnancy qualifies them for Medicaid lose their benefits 60 days after delivery. Tooth extractions must be covered for adults on Medicaid, but not their less-expensive […]

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Republicans balk at bill that would allow minors to get vaccines without parental consent

By: - January 31, 2022

A bill that would allow minors age 16 and older to get vaccines without parental consent got pushback from Republicans on the House Health and Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee Monday, who cited parental rights concerns. House Bill 1126, sponsored by Rep. Amanda Bouldin, a Manchester Democrat, would cover all vaccines against communicable diseases […]

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Testimony on legislation related to vaccine mandates reveals the widest of divides

By: - January 31, 2022

Lawmakers took several hours of testimony last week on nine bills seeking protections for employees facing a vaccine mandate by providing expanded unemployment benefits and workers compensation coverage, and allowing them to refuse to take a COVID-19 test. Testimony was impassioned and deeply divided. Health care leaders and public health organizations were unified in their […]

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In rejecting bill, lawmakers cite significant progress on secure psychiatric hospital

By: - January 28, 2022

A House committee feels the state’s progress on a long-stalled effort to transfer mental health patients from the state prison to a hospital is moving along so well, it killed a bill this week giving lawmakers a greater role in the project. Prior to the 20-0 vote finding House Bill 1391 inexpedient to legislate, Health, […]

Sign for NAMI NH next to building

‘Small steps’ in mental health advocacy, suicide prevention add up to remarkable career

By: - January 28, 2022

Yes, Ken Norton brought professional credentials and years of clinical experience to his executive director work at NAMI NH. But the wins during his 11 years in that role also demanded persistent optimism and patience. Suicide prevention programs didn’t exist when he took the position. New Hampshire went on to have one of the first […]

Pro-choice protesters hold up signs

Legislation aimed at protecting access to abortion rejected by Senate committee

By: - January 27, 2022

A Senate committee rejected two efforts Wednesday attempting to protect access to abortion.  Senate Bill 399 would repeal the state’s new 24-week abortion ban. The committee voted, 3-2, to remove the repeal and replace it with language clarifying when an ultrasound must be performed during an abortion. Senate Bill 436 would leave the 24-week ban […]

Exterior long view of Liquor Store in Epsom and parking lot

With Executive Council’s OK, liquor stores will begin selling COVID-19 tests

By: - January 25, 2022

If the Executive Council gives the go-ahead at its meeting Wednesday, the state’s liquor stores will sell not just wine and spirits – but also at-home COVID-19 tests.  The request comes as more Granite Staters say they have tested positive for COVID-19 than ever before, according to a poll released Tuesday by the UNH Survey […]

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Q&A: The evolving data on treating COVID-19 patients

By: - January 25, 2022

Remdesivir. Monoclonal antibodies. Rheumatoid medication to treat COVID-19. Bills hoping to legitimize ivermectin. Fourteen drugs with emergency use authorization and only one with full approval. With dueling medical advice from social media and physicians, it’s no wonder ever-evolving COVID-19 treatment is hard to decipher.  But here’s where it gets really complicated – especially for medical […]