WVAS Local News

Jun 17, 2013

Acting Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Dr. Don Williamson introduced a proposed map of how the state will be divided in its new managed-care system.  The map is composed of five regions, including north, west, central/east, central/southeast and southwest.  Dr.  Williamson says many variations of the map were discussed.  The Commissioner says this map could still be tweaked some more.  A public comment period will last until the first of August.  Formulating a regional map is just the first step in Alabama's move from a fee-for-service method for Medicaid to a fixed payment approach. 

Oak Park Contest

Oak Park is registered in the "Take it to the Park" contest sponsored by Coca Cola.  The top cash prize in the online face-off is $100,000 dollars which goes to the park that gets the most votes on Coke's Live Positively website.  City of Montgomery Planning Director Robert Smith says winning the money would be a boon for the park and the city. 

Deadly ATV Accident

Authorities in Jefferson County say a 14-year-old boy has died in an ATV accident.  The county coroner says 14-year-old Steven Max Herring was riding at ATV and crashed into a utility pole Sunday afternoon.  Authorities says the vehicle overturned and trapped the teen beneath it.  Officials say Herring was wearing a seatbelt but was not wearing a helmet.