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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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Executive Council approves request to address staffing issues at Sununu Center

By: - January 3, 2022

An increased need for juvenile mental health services and a historic challenge in recruiting youth counselors for the Sununu Youth Services Center has the Department of Health and Human Services looking to a staffing agency for help. The Executive Council has approved the department’s request to pay Maxim Healthcare in Manchester nearly $847,000 in federal […]

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Vaccine, environment, energy, and abortion will dominate legislative session

By: , and - January 3, 2022

Lawmakers won’t have a budget to write, debate, and negotiate this session, but with at least 900 bills awaiting their return on Jan. 5, it will be another busy year. We told you about some of the under-the-radar bills last month. We’re back with a preview of the bills that will be front and center, […]

Executive Council rejects low-income reproductive health care contracts – again

By: - December 22, 2021

This story was updated December 24, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. to include a comment from Councilor Janet Stevens following publication. The Executive Council again rejected contracts with the state’s three largest providers of reproductive health care for low-income Granite Staters Wednesday in a 4-1 party line vote over objections to contraception, which is in the […]

A health care worker receives a COVID-19 shot

No-bid contract leads to testy exchange and near loss of six new vaccination sites

By: and - December 22, 2021

The state barely secured six additional walk-in vaccination sites capable of providing 15,000 shots a week after a vote Wednesday by three councilors who opposed a $7.2 million contract because it was not put out to bid, a process that would delay the sites by as much as three months. Gov. Chris Sununu did not […]

Interest in boosters is up, as is parents’ resistance to vaccinating children

By: - December 21, 2021

The state’s vaccination rate has stalled in recent months, and that has not changed since November, even with the arrival of the more contagious omicron variant, according to the latest Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll also reported increased interest in boosters and a drop in support among […]

Rejected family planning contracts headed back to Executive Council

By: - December 20, 2021

Family planning contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and two other health centers will go back before the Executive Council Wednesday – three months after the council voted them down 4-1 along party lines.                                        Nothing […]

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Option to testify remotely on bills was popular – and push is on to keep it

By: - December 17, 2021

As a COVID-19 survivor, Laurie Warnock was grateful to be able to testify remotely and safely last year on legislation related to her work as an EMT, Hampstead selectwoman, and state educator for the New England Poison Control Center.  Carla Smith of Fremont, a professor of nursing at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health […]

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Inside ICUs and ERs of flooded hospitals, an endless loop of preventable tragedies

By: - December 15, 2021

A young, unvaccinated mom of three was more fortunate than some after being admitted to Catholic Medical Center’s intensive care unit recently. Before she died, she had time to call home and request that her children be vaccinated. An unvaccinated male patient in his early 50s didn’t have that option.  He needed a breathing tube […]

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Request for $17 million in student debt relief revised with new details

By: - December 14, 2021

A proposed $17 million student debt relief program tabled by the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee last month for lack of details would require recipients to work in New Hampshire for four years. And the state would set a goal of reserving $3 million of that for health care employees. Taylor Caswell, director of the Governor’s […]

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Superior Court creates faster process for hospital health care workers to be excused from jury duty

By: - December 10, 2021

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to reach record levels, the state’s Superior Court has announced a new, faster process for hospital health care workers to request excusal from jury duty.  Court spokeswoman Susan Warner said the court is doing so at the request of the state Department of Health and Human Services. To qualify, the worker […]

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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 […]