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State Representative Sabi Kumar To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 17, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Sabi Kumar, MD (R-Springfield) today announced that he will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.

While Nashville is considered a healthcare hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smoke and one in five high school students use tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state. In 2015, the impact of chronic diseases cost Tennesseans more than 5 billion dollars when factoring in direct medical care, lost productivity, and premature death.

Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their health and overall quality of life.

“As a doctor, I look forward to sharing my experience with my colleagues who have chosen to participate in this newly-formed Wellness Caucus so that we can better understand some of the adverse health and wellness issues that the citizens in our communities face,” said Representative Kumar. “Together, I know we will create innovative solutions to address some of these problems which will improve Tennessee’s health trends in 2018 and in future years.”

For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit http://healthierTN.com.

Sabi Kumar, MD serves as a member of the House Education Instruction and Programs Committee, as well as the House Health Committee & Subcommittee. He lives in Springfield and represents House District 66, which includes Robertson County. Kumar can be contacted by email at Rep.Sabi.Kumar@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2860.

State Representative Sabi Kumar Obtains Key Funding For Robertson County Initiatives

May 24, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — House Republicans — including State Representative Sabi Kumar, MD (R-Springfield) — have passed a fiscally conservative $37 billion balanced budget that cuts taxes, puts $132 million in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, fully funds Tennessee’s educational system, and focuses in on job recruitment and infrastructure investments.

For a second year in a row, and the second year in Tennessee recorded history, the proposed state budget does not take on any new debt. The 2017-2018 Fiscal Year Budget includes funding for several important initiatives in House District 66; highlights include:

  • $591,428 from the distribution of State and Highway funds for Robertson County road projects.
  • Funding for increased salary and benefits for the hardworking teachers of Robertson County and Springfield.
  • $9.5 million combined to expand substance abuse and crisis intervention treatment services and support across the state.
  • $900,000 in capital improvements for the Springfield Readiness Center.
  • Funding for increased salary and benefits for state employees in Robertson County and Springfield.
  • $2 million for prevention, education, treatment, and recovery services with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The 2017-2018 Fiscal Year Budget also includes $8 million in salary increases for Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) employees. In a year of record surplus, Representative Kumar remains committed to finding creative solutions to return more hard-earned money to Robertson County taxpayers.

“This budget takes into consideration the needs of the hardworking families in District 66, and I am pleased that it reflects their values and priorities,” said Representative Kumar. “Throughout the 110th General Assembly, I have listened to their concerns and fought to address the needs of my constituents. I look forward to continuing the progress we have made in 2017 as a Republican supermajority when we reconvene next January.”

Representative Kumar has been at the forefront of the fight against the opioid epidemic in Tennessee during the first half of the 110th General Assembly. He sponsored and helped pass legislation designed to educate physicians and prescribers about the dangers of overprescribing opioids to patients. Kumar has also worked to improve the overall safety of Tennesseans, carrying legislation that develops guidelines for best practices for Tennessee motorists and law enforcement members during traffic stops.

Sabi Kumar, MD serves as a member of the House Education Instruction and Programs Committee, as well as the House Health Committee & Subcommittee. He lives in Springfield and represents House District 66, which includes Robertson County. Kumar can be contacted by email at: Rep.Sabi.Kumar@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2860.

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