Corbett: No time to meet Sebelius past weekend

Published by Karen Langley on .

Gov. Tom Corbett and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius didn't get to discuss his concerns about expanding Medicaid during his trip to Washington this past weekend.

It wasn't because the Obama administration didn't ask.

"While we were down there, her office was reaching out, trying to set up an appointment for me while I was down there," Corbett told reporters this afternoon.

But, the governor said, his schedule didn't allow it.

"When I go down there, my schedule is scheduled," he said. "It's full. I started days at 7:30 in the morning and they last until 10 o'clock at night, with very little gaps in between. In fact one day I didn't have breakfast until 3 in the afternoon, to give you an idea. That's a full schedule. I can't adjust that quickly."

In addition to the meeting of the National Governors Association, Corbett met with members of the state's congressional delegation, his office said.

Corbett and Sebelius did agree to try and find a time when they can talk Medicaid expansion. The governor has declined to endorse loosening income restrictions for the state-run health care program for the poor, as allowed under the federal health care law, saying the expansion would be too costly.

But his remarks today left room for that position to evolve.

"Remember, I said I can't recommend it at this time because I don't have the information, and we have to look at everything," he said. "When I get the information we can make a better-informed decision."

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