Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes lawmakers' plan to freeze Medicaid expansion

Marco Green
July 7, 2017

Kasich says that veto was the right thing to do when you consider the math. The most notable one is the plan to freeze enrollment in Medicaid expansion in 2018.

Lawmakers may be considering trying to override several of Kasich's 47 vetoes. "And so we have to make sure that this freeze does not go through, that the veto is upheld".

The veto overrides moved swiftly through the House with one item after another item getting overturned.

"We have 700,000 Ohioans who have been able to benefit from the expansion".

"A number of the actions taken by the House today threaten health care access for vulnerable Ohioans including seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and children, as well as Ohio's hard-won budget stability", he said in a statement.

Kasich administration officials say he vetoed the $207 million tax increase proposal because it would have risked losing a bigger chunk of money and created a $615 million loss for Medicaid.

Republican Rep. Ryan Smith of Bidwell believes the overrides are an important function of the Ohio Legislature. The chamber declined to call a vote to override Kasich's veto protecting Medicaid expansion.

Medicaid expansion enrollment in OH will not be frozen after Republican lawmakers could not reach the votes needed to override Gov. John Kasich's latest veto.

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