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For the first time in four decades the state Legislature has gone over the governor’s head to implement policy in the budget without his approval. 

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Gov. John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) appear at a press conference about the budget in April.
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Republican leaders are ready to deliver another blow to Gov. John Kasich. The Senate is likely to give final approval to at least some veto overrides that started in the House. The vote would be more than just a symbolic loss of power for the Kasich Administration.

All this week, as part of our Zip Code: The Hidden Vital Sign series, ideastream has been looking at the things beyond a person’s control that influence health, such as crime, poverty, food insecurity, recreation and neighborhood green space. This next story focuses on how some rural areas lack access to dental care. 

Rob Portman speaking
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As the U.S. Senate moves toward a planned vote on their version of the health care bill, Ohio's Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he'll continue opposing any plans that take coverage from people on Medicaid.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen
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In spite of tax collections coming in short for nearly all of the fiscal year that just ended, the state says it ended the year with a surplus.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 10, 2017
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Gov. John Kasich vetoed 47 line items in Ohio's proposed 2018 - 2019 budget bill and the Ohio House of Representatives overrode 11 of those 47 vetoes. However, the House didn’t overturn Kasich's decision to veto the controversial line item that would freeze the expansion of Medicaid enrollment.

Coming up, we're talking about the state budget and the latest in national and local news with a panel of reporters. 

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Hundreds of advocates gathered on the steps of the Statehouse to rally against a vote that would freeze Medicaid enrollment for certain people next year. This could be a last minute push as the House considers taking that up tomorrow.

As Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell works to drum up votes for his health care bill in Congress, people in his home state worry about what they could lose if the bill passes.

Ohio House chamber
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The 4th of July celebrations have wrapped up throughout the state, but Ohio lawmakers are unlikely to truly be taking a break. That's because Gov. John Kasich vetoed 47 items when he signed Ohio's two-year budget Friday. 

Gov. John Kasich signed his third budget on June 30, 2015.
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It may seem like the budget is coming down to the wire. But waiting till the last minute to get the budget in place is pretty typical.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
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The clock is ticking for Gov. John Kasich who has until Friday night to sign the $65 billion state budget that fills a revenue shortfall and makes some major policy changes. At least one of those changes that could set the stage for a veto fight. 

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor.

That's the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it has become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

When people talk about jobs in Ohio, they often talk about the ones that got away.

"Ten years ago, we had steel. Ten years ago, we had coal. Ten years ago, we had plentiful jobs," says Mike McGlumphy, who runs the job center in Steubenville, Ohio, the Jefferson County seat.

Today, the city on the Ohio River is a shell of its former self. And health care has overtaken manufacturing as the county's main economic driver.

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Senate Republicans unveiled their long-awaited health care overhaul proposal on Thursday. The Senate bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act," would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The broad outlines of it look a lot like the House bill, the American Health Care Act, which was passed in May.

A new analysis from the Associated Press shows Medicaid expansion accounted for 43 percent of total Ohio Medicaid spending on substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Advocates for the poor worry a proposed amendment in the state Senate budget that would end Medicaid expansion enrollment would be a disaster for Ohio’s opioid crisis.

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