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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.

‘System is broken’: Mental health centers seek $30 million to add workers, bolster treatment

By: - February 1, 2023

The state has spent millions to expand mental health treatment in the last two years. Yet those who need it are still waiting. In emergency rooms, some for days. At home for a mobile crisis team that’s an hour-plus away. For a counseling appointment. For housing after psychiatric hospitalizations. Mental health advocates say there are […]

‘State Plan on Aging’ work to continue with final listening sessions this week

By: - January 31, 2023

The state is holding its final two listening sessions this week to gather public input before it updates its plan for supporting residents as they age.  The Department of Health and Human Services is also taking feedback via an online survey that asks about the availability of community supports, including health care programs and screenings, […]

GOP lawmakers want more scrutiny of providers using public money for reproductive health care

By: - January 27, 2023

Reproductive health care centers warned lawmakers Thursday that a bill requiring they do a second audit of how they spend public funds would leave them less money to provide basic health care to low-income patients.  State law already requires the Department of Health and Human Services to audit state-subsidized family planning centers to ensure they […]

Exterior sign for the Sununu Youth Services Center

Bill extending deadline to close Sununu Center clears Senate, heads to the House

By: - January 26, 2023

The Senate took the first step Thursday to buy the state more time to close the Sununu Youth Services Center and build a new facility. The legislation still needs House approval and the governor’s signature before the March 1 deadline lawmakers set last year.  Senate Bill 1 passed unanimously after an amendment addressed safety concerns […]

Special committee seeks solutions to ‘horrible’ child care situation in state

By: - January 26, 2023

Massachusetts child care workers earn about $10,000 more a year than their New Hampshire peers. It’s a parent’s gross income, not what’s left after paying the mortgage, food, and other bills that determines their eligibility for child care assistance. Good luck trying to find infant care. Those are a few of hurdles the House’s new […]

Health leaders are ‘cheerleading’ for childhood vaccines as student vaccination rates drop

By: - January 25, 2023

The number of Granite State students up to date on the several vaccines the state mandates for school attendance is going in the wrong direction, health experts say. The trend is playing out nationally too, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month.  Experts say even a small decline in vaccination rates, […]

Proposed legislation would change when towns can set public health regulations

By: - January 20, 2023

A bill before lawmakers could delay towns’ ability to set public health regulations, according to the New Hampshire Health Officers Association.  Under current law, select boards must provide notice of a public health officer’s proposed regulation and vote on it at a public board meeting. In most towns, those meetings are held every other week.  […]

Analysis finds Medicaid expansion a boon for public health, workforce, hospitals

By: - January 20, 2023

Lawmakers must decide this year whether to continue spending millions each year to provide an estimated 50,000 to 90,000 additional low-income people Medicaid health coverage through its Medicaid expansion program. The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, which lawmakers have long looked to for nonpartisan financial analysis, released a report this week with several arguments for […]

From ball fields to a farming hub, proposals for Lakes Region property varied widely

By: - January 19, 2023

The four offers the state received for the 220-acre former Laconia State School property ranged widely, from a request the state donate the site for community sports fields to proposals of multi-use developments, each with a unique focus. One pitch came with financial demands. The Department of Administrative Services, which is overseeing the sale of […]

Smokers, diners, businesses, and homebuyers will pay for much of state budget

By: - January 18, 2023

While lawmakers have filed over 800 bills addressing big issues such as abortion, education reform, climate change, and parental rights, their top priority will be passing a budget by July.  Gov. Chris Sununu, whose proposal is due by Feb. 15, has already heard budget requests from state agencies. Earlier this month, the House began its […]

Exterior sign for Hampstead Hospital

Proposal would compensate Hampstead for property taxes lost due to state’s hospital purchase

By: - January 17, 2023

The state’s purchase of Hampstead Hospital last year for a behavioral health campus cost the town of Hampstead nearly $178,000 in annual property taxes. An item before the Executive Council Wednesday would replace that full amount with federal money and revenues from the hospital. The Department of Health and Human Services received council approval in […]

Enrollment for free or low-cost health insurance on federal Marketplace ends Sunday

By: - January 12, 2023

Individuals and families have just a few days left before the Jan. 15 deadline to sign up for free or low-cost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Insurance officials have been concerned that the public does not know more people qualify than in prior years due to significant changes to eligibility rules, and […]