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.