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Rauner taps Bellock as HFS secretary

Gov. Bruce Rauner has tapped Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, as director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, according to a Monday statement.

Bellock has served in the General Assembly since 1999 and has been deputy minority leader since 2013. She’s the chief budget negotiator for House Republicans and minority spokeswoman on the Human Services Appropriations Committee.

“It is an honor to join the talented and dedicated staff of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services,” Bellock said in the statement. “I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the General Assembly to ensure access to quality healthcare for Illinois’ most vulnerable population and making our healthcare delivery systems more efficient and effective.”

Bellock starts her new role July 11. She’ll replace interim Director Teresa Hursey, who will remain as Medicaid director.

The previous head of the department, Felicia Norwood, left last month to become an executive vice president at Anthem and president of its government business division.

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