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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.

For voters looking into a lawmaker’s legislative attendance record, the details matter

By: - October 4, 2022

House Clerk Paul Smith fields calls “pretty frequently” from voters wanting to know their representative’s attendance record. As the election approaches, candidates are now asking the same about their opponents.  The answer is complicated enough to make drawing conclusions a challenge. Do you count the number of session days missed? (This year, nearly 180 House […]

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Lawmaker aims to address hysterectomy hurdles

By: - September 29, 2022

After other medical procedures had failed to stop Rep. Ellen Read’s years of heavy menstrual bleeding she asked an obstetrician to do a hysterectomy. The doctor declined. Several others did too, all for the same reason: Read was in her late 20s and they doubted her long-held decision not to have children. Read, a Newmarket […]

DHHS issues ‘all call’ to keep Sununu Youth Services Center staffed

By: - September 29, 2022

A dire shortage of youth counselors at the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester has escalated routine behavior issues to police calls and prompted an “all call” to any Department of Health and Human Services worker willing to pick up an overtime shift, department officials said Tuesday.  These challenges come as the detention center is […]

Disability rights advocates: Sununu mischaracterized special education rights in private schools

By: - September 28, 2022

During a recent campaign event, Gov. Chris Sununu said students with disabilities will not lose their right to special education services if their parents use the state’s school voucher-like program to place them in private school.  That’s not true, according to disability rights advocates and the parental handbook put out by the Children’s Scholarship Fund, […]

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Lawmaker wants to limit insulin copays to $35 for more Granite Staters 

By: - September 27, 2022

This story was updated on Sept. 28, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. to correct Rep. Joshua Adjutant’s political party. New Hampshire residents pay no more than $35 for a 30-day supply of insulin – if they have commercial insurance or Medicaid coverage. Proposed legislation would extend that cap to people who don’t have insurance and earn […]

Monkeypox cases climb in NH as vaccine uptake remains low

By: - September 26, 2022

As the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in New Hampshire climbs – from 16 to 29 in the past month – state health officials have expanded eligibility for the vaccine and announced additional vaccination sites. Any person who identifies as gay, bisexual, queer, or is a man who has sex with men, and believes they […]

Chris Sununu and Lori Shibinette

Worker shortage and too few discharge options close 48 beds at state hospital

By: - September 23, 2022

In a week where nearly 30 adults were waiting in emergency rooms for inpatient psychiatric care, 48 of New Hampshire Hospital’s 184 beds are closed due to staffing shortages, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette told executive councilors this week. That’s partly due to the department’s inability to compete with wages and […]

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Hospital beds are full – but not with COVID-19 patients

By: - September 21, 2022

When COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 433 in January, hospitals were so desperate for space they treated some patients in hallways and sent others to neighboring states. But even as the number of COVID-19 patients has plummeted, hospital beds remain in high demand. On Sunday, the most recent data available, just 10 percent of regular beds and […]

Mobile health clinic will travel the North Country

By: - September 16, 2022

This fall, North Country residents will have a more convenient option for getting preventive health care, including immunizations, glucose screenings, and some medical services.  The New Hampshire Medical Society and North Country Health Consortium are partnering to launch theNorthern New Hampshire Mobile Health Clinic, which will provide care via a van. The vehicle will also […]

House lawmakers meet in Representatives' Hall for Veto Day

‘Largest energy relief package ever’ becomes law, as governor’s vetoes sustained

By: and - September 16, 2022

With energy costs skyrocketing, Gov. Chris Sununu signed what he called the state’s largest energy relief package ever into law Thursday, hours after it passed the Legislature. The move came as lawmakers met for the state’s veto day, leaving all of the governor’s vetoes intact.  Funded through the state’s general fund, the energy bill could […]

Abortion will be on the November ballot. Some Republicans who backed an exemption won’t.

By: - September 15, 2022

It was six Republicans, not Democrats, who sponsored the bill adding an exception this year to the state’s 24-week abortion ban for a fatal fetal anomaly. And anti-abortion groups made sure their constituents knew. Days ahead of Tuesday’s primary, campaign fliers hit mailboxes in Pittsfield and Chichester, telling residents their Republican state representative, James Allard, […]

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State to use $6 million to bring COVID-19 vaccines to communities and homebound Granite Staters

By: - September 14, 2022

With final state approval in hand, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to use $6 million in federal pandemic money to bring COVID-19 testing and vaccines to Granite Staters’ neighborhoods and homes. The money will allow the department to send three mobile vaccination vans into communities, providing not just vaccines and boosters but […]