The Clinton Senior Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday to help folks stay cool whenever the temperature is 100 degrees or more. County coordinator Richard Hink said the Clinton center is the only one in the county currently extending its hours during the heatwave. He said all seniors are welcome to come in out of the heat and have a cup of coffee or tea. In other news from the center, Penny Stringer has been hired as the Senior Center coordinator, Hink said.
The Clinton School Board is moving its regular July meeting ahead by a few days because of conflicts for some of the members. The new time is 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, and the site for the meeting will be the high school library. Meetings are usually held the third Monday of each month at the junior high library. The location has been moved for this meeting because of work going on in the junior high building. School Board meetings are open to the public.
Gov. Mike Beebe said, “before I turn my back on 200,000 to 250,000 Arkansans who don’t currently have health care coverage, it’d take a pretty dang strong argument for me to say no to those people when we have the opportunity to pay for it …”
President Obama’s 2010 health care law was written to require states to expand Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty line or lose all federal Medicaid funding, but last Thursday the Supreme Court said that provision in the law was too coercive. Under the health care law, the expansion would occur in 2014. The federal government would cover 100 percent of the cost of the expansion until 2017, at which point the state would begin paying a portion that would increase each year until 2020, when the state’s share would max out at 10 percent.