Ohio House declines to override Gov. Kasich’s Medicaid veto

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, takes reporters' questions about a possible override of Gov. John Kasich's veto of a budget provision freezing Medicaid expansion enrollment, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)

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

A vote tally, one of 11 overrides of Gov. John Kasich’s budget vetoes, is displayed in the Ohio House on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The chamber declined to call a vote to override Kasich’s veto protecting Medicaid expansion. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said his chamber opted Thursday to give time for the health care debate to progress in Washington before acting. He said the Republican-controlled chamber had the 60 votes it would have needed.

The Republican governor vetoed a budget provision Friday that ordered him to seek federal permission to suspend enrollment under the expansion beginning July 1, 2018, and to prevent those who drop out of the health care program from re-enrolling.

Rosenberger said the House has until December 2018 to act.

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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