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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New law makes temporary health care licenses permanent just in time

By: - June 8, 2022

When the pandemic exacerbated the state’s shortage of health care workers, the state made an exception to licensing rules to allow 22,330 providers to quickly receive temporary licenses. Those licenses – which expired May 31 – are now “permanent” with Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature on Senate Bill 277. Those providers will still have to renew […]

Unexpected $12 million in pandemic aid allows towns to add safety and emergency equipment

By: - June 8, 2022

Pittsburg bought a police cruiser and emergency cones and barricades. Allenstown and Nelson opted for radios for their police and fire crews. Northfield put the money toward ventilators for an ambulance. Bristol bought a pickup truck to expand its emergency response fleet.  The investments have cost the towns little thanks to an unexpected $12 million […]

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Schools could offer or expand health care services under state contract

By: - June 6, 2022

Citing a rise in youth mental health needs and a drop in medical checkups, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services wants to establish or expand health clinics in some school districts. With parental or caregiver permission, students could receive immunizations, mental health counseling, physical exams, and health education at their school. “Since […]

Grant will bring mental health care to summer camps as kids’ needs increase

By: - June 6, 2022

Summer camp directors say the activities inherent to camp – new friendships, outdoor adventures, and communal living – have the potential to be a powerful antidote to the mental health challenges kids experienced during months of pandemic isolation and remote learning.  So, many jumped at the chance to bring on a mental health clinician at […]

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State moves ahead on $100 million YDC settlement fund, upsetting advocates

By: - June 1, 2022

The hundreds of people alleging they were sexually and physically abused while held at the former Youth Development Center will be able to seek compensation from the state beginning Jan. 1. The governor’s signature Friday on House Bill 1677 allows the Department of Justice to move ahead on creating a settlement process and naming an […]

From skepticism to insurance denials, long COVID patients face more than only health challenges

By: - June 1, 2022

With so much still unknown about long COVID, Wendy Thomas has accepted that managing her myriad of debilitating symptoms will require trial and error. So, when her doctor prescribed Adderall for her struggle to focus, even to understand a paragraph, she agreed to give it a try. Thomas’ insurance company was less agreeable. She was […]

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Sununu signs fatal fetal anomaly bill, rejects repeal of abortion clinic buffer zones

By: - May 31, 2022

Terminating a pregnancy after 24 weeks for a fetus that cannot survive on its own was a crime last week that could have sent a physician to prison for 7 years and fined them up to $100,000. It no longer is. Late Friday afternoon, Gov. Chris Sununu announced via a press release that he had […]

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159 victims of FRM Ponzi scheme file claims to compensation fund

By: - May 30, 2022

The state agency managing the new $10 million compensation fund for victims of the Financial Resources Mortgage Ponzi scheme received 159 claims as of the May 18 deadline. The claims administrator overseeing the fund at the Attorney General’s Office has not yet calculated how much claimants will receive, spokesman Michael Garrity said. The Legislature created […]

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Bid to cut unemployment benefits in half fails

By: - May 26, 2022

Legislation that would have cut unemployment benefits in half unless the state’s unemployment rate reached 8 percent failed Thursday. The rest of Senate Bill 401 passed with $75 million for bridge repairs and police body cameras and dashboard cameras for Department of Transportation vehicles. As introduced, the bipartisan bill sought to increase the Medicaid reimbursement […]

Compromise bill would protect AG’s ability to monitor nonprofits, charitable trusts

By: - May 24, 2022

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that will allow the Attorney General’s Office to continue its close monitoring of charitable trusts and nonprofits, including sham charities.  Under the latest changes to Senate Bill 302, the office’s Charitable Trusts Unit would be allowed to get the names of volunteer board members, officers, directors, registered […]

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Sununu cites need to protect local control in veto of bill banning school mask mandates

By: - May 23, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu’s Friday veto of a bill prohibiting schools from mandating masks defeated one of the few remaining pieces of legislation seeking to limit public health powers. Many others have died or been weakened, and a few still need approval Thursday from both chambers.  In vetoing House Bill 1131, Sununu cited respect for local […]

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State nears deadline for closing Sununu Youth Services Center with no plan for at-risk juveniles

By: - May 23, 2022

Last year, lawmakers gave the state Department of Health and Human Services until March 1, 2023, to close the Sununu Youth Services Center and relocate the five to 10 juveniles typically detained there. Last week, they killed the bill that would have given the department the money, guidance, and authority to meet that deadline. Unless […]