Will Republicans override Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes?
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COLUMBUS – A state funding allotment essential to docs, hospitals and different Ohio Medicaid suppliers cleared a strong legislative panel Monday given extraordinary authority over the federal government well being program.

Medicaid Director Barbara Sears advised the state Controlling Board forward of its unanimous vote that failing to authorize Ohio’s $264 million share of program spending risked “devastating” penalties for program suppliers and the three million Ohioans that Medicaid serves.

One other $638 million in federal matching dollars hinged on Monday’s approval by the panel, whose say-so was required beneath a change positioned into the state price range invoice handed earlier this yr.

Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration stated that with out funding approval, it might have needed to minimize supplier funds sixteen % starting in January to maintain the state finances in stability, affecting areas together with residence well being, behavioral well being, hospitals, docs and others.

Sears stated extra probably, Ohio would have merely continued spending till this system ran out of cash, round Might 2018.

The added approval layer was the newest in a string of hurdles the GOP-managed Legislature has imposed — or tried to impose — on the Medicaid program underneath Kasich. The governor, a 2016 presidential contender, broke early with another Republicans to simply accept and champion Medicaid enlargement made out there underneath the federal Reasonably priced Care Act. The Ohio enlargement now covers seven hundred,000 low-revenue adults.

Kasich used the Controlling Board 4 years in the past to make an finish-run across the Legislature to get the enlargement accredited. That historical past provides a contact of irony to the brand new energy the board was given over Medicaid within the state’s newest finances.

Kasich vetoed one other price range provision that had once more focused enlargement, nevertheless.

State Rep. Al Landis, a Dover Republican, stated Monday that he noticed the brand new association as “an issue-fixing train” with the administration.

Sen. Invoice Coley, R-Liberty Township, stated he would have most popular to attend to approve the company’s finances till different value-saving measures are finalized as a result of he has feared for years that this system will “collapse underneath its personal weight.” However he stated Monday he has determined to belief the administration.

State. Rep. Jack Cera, a Bellaire…