House majority Democrats failed to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of the General Assistance Medical Care Program (GAMC), which aides some of the poorest Minnesotan residents, said Pioneer Press.
GAMC, which aids Minnesotans who make less than $8,000 a year, will expire April 1 after a party-line vote of 86-47, just 4 votes short of renewing the program, said Star Tribune.
The program was cancelled as a part of Pawlenty's plan to balance the Minnesota budget.
People receiving GAMC are usually homeless or mentally ill. They are ineligible for Medicaid and Pawlenty plans to transfer them to the state-run MinnesotaCare program, where they will receive fewer benefits, said Star Tribune .