BURR RIDGE - State Rep Patti Bellock (R-Westmont) was named "2012 Legislator of the Year" by the American Legislative Exchange Council for her extensive work on Medicaid reform in the Illinois General Assembly.
House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Plainfield) congratulated Rep. Bellock Monday morning:
Rep. Bellock spent thousands of hours in meetings crafting Medicaid reforms that protected the most vulnerable while helping put our Medicaid system back on a path toward financial stability. This was by no means an easy task. All along the way, she faced strong resistance from many Democrats and interest groups who want to see Medicaid expanded, not reduced. Once initial reforms were enacted into law, Bellock still had to fight to see commonsense measures like her recapture audit and residency verification implemented. Rep. Bellock is still leading the fight to ensure implementation of all the reforms we have passed and is working with staff to craft additional Medicaid Reform measures.
Rep. Bellock, who has represented southeastern DuPage County's 47th House District since 1999, was recognized for her efforts at ALEC’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah Friday. She was nominated by several of her colleagues.
"Patti Bellock is highly deserving of this recognition and we should all be proud of her, her past accomplishments, and those still to come," Cross wrote.
Rep. Bellock is consistently listed among United to Restore Freedom's LIFT Leaders, with a Lifetime Scorecard rating of 84.