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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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House refuses to support Medicaid dental benefits

By: - June 16, 2021

During the Senate’s nine-hour public hearing on the budget last month, two things dominated the testimony: opposition to divisive concepts and support for Medicaid dental benefits. Divisive concepts passed. Dental benefits appeared to die Wednesday A joint legislative committee negotiating the final details of the budget agreed to put a “hold” on the Senate’s $1.5 […]

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House agrees to Senate plan for closing Sununu Youth Services Center

By: - June 16, 2021

The state Senate prevailed Wednesday in pushing back the House’s closing plan for the Sununu Youth Services Center, giving the state until March 1, 2023, to relocate residents or repurpose the center into a more suitable space for them. The state will also get nearly $18 million more than the House had budgeted for the […]

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Senate reaches compromise with House Republicans on abortion funding

By: - June 15, 2021

House Republicans got a restriction on abortion funding back into the state budget Tuesday, but it is so scaled back it will likely impose no new limits or demands on providers.  Under a compromise crafted by Sen. Jeb Bradley, a Wolfeboro Republican, abortion providers will have to show they are not using state money for […]

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State unemployment rate falls to 2.5 percent

By: - June 15, 2021

This story was updated June 15, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. with new information and to correct the unemployment rate. Fewer Granite Staters are collecting state unemployment, according to the Department of Employment Security. But the bigger story comes next week, after federal benefits end and 9,300 out-of-work residents are left with no unemployment assistance. First, […]

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Health care providers say ‘no problem’ on new OSHA standards

By: - June 15, 2021

Under a new safety rule from the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration, health care providers in nearly all settings have 30 days to assess their COVID-19 hazards, write a plan for mitigating virus spread, and erect barriers when safe distancing is impossible. New Hampshire providers say that won’t be a heavy burden. “Safety of […]

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Medical experts challenge lawmakers’ thinking on abortion ban

By: - June 15, 2021

The 24-week abortion ban headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk would do more than just dictate a deadline providers say is medically dangerous. It would require a mother to carry a fetus that cannot live on its own. And it threatens doctors with prison time, requires a costly and unreliable medical procedure, and requires providers […]

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In long-term care settings, reliable statistics on staff vaccinations elusive

By: - June 11, 2021

Statistics make plain why vaccinating long-term care health workers is critical. Residents in these places account for 65 percent of the state’s coronavirus deaths, a tally so high New Hampshire led the nation at one point.  The statistics, however, do a poor job tracking the vaccination rate among those health care workers even though evidence […]

Governor seeks sole authority to sell former Laconia State School property

By: - June 9, 2021

This story was updated on June 9, 2021, at 4 p.m. with new information. For five years, the Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission has pursued its legislative charge to prepare and sell the state’s 220 acres overlooking Lake Winnisquam in Laconia to someone committed to creating jobs and promoting economic development. Now, the Legislature is poised […]

State looks out of state for children’s mental health care

By: - June 8, 2021

With approximately 30 children waiting each day in emergency rooms for psychiatric care, the state is talking with three out-of-state hospitals about providing 10 to 15 in-patient beds for their mental health needs. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette has not named the hospitals but told the Senate Health and Human Services […]

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Senate committee unanimously rejects ‘medical protective custody’ proposal

By: - June 8, 2021

A state proposal to give hospitals their own power to detain people in emergency rooms while deciding their mental health needs was rejected, 4-0, by a Senate committee Tuesday following a two-hour public hearing where no one voiced support.  “While the issues identified in this are important and need a resolution, we’ve run out of […]

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Remote public hearing on ER hold proposal for mental health patients set for Tuesday

By: - June 7, 2021

The public will get its first chance Tuesday to weigh in on a controversial new proposal that would let hospitals – as well as the state – detain people in emergency rooms until they can be connected with mental health treatment.  The length of that proposed hold is just one of many unanswered questions surrounding […]

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ACLU-NH raises concerns about proposed change to ER hold rules for mental health patients

By: - June 4, 2021

This story was updated June 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. with new information. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire has joined those raising concerns about a last-minute legislative request from state officials that would allow hospitals – in addition to the state – to hold someone against their will for up to three […]