Ohio House lacks votes to override governor’s Medicaid veto

Ohio Statehouse. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has declined to call a vote to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto to preserve Medicaid expansion.

The Republican-controlled chamber lacked the required 60 required votes Thursday for an override. Kasich vetoed a budget provision Friday that ordered him to seek federal permission to suspend enrollment July 1, 2018, and to prevent those who drop out of the health care program from re-enrolling.

The lack of a vote Thursday means the House can still override the veto before the chamber ends its two-year session in December 2018.

The Ohio Senate must wait for the House to act before it can call a vote to override the veto.

The Kasich administration had estimated that 500,000 low-income Ohioans would lose health coverage within 18 months of a Medicaid freeze.

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