WVAS Local News

Nov 4, 2013

About 90,000 Alabamians will have to find new health insurance policies because their current policies don't meet the requirements of the federal health care law.  The state Department of Insurance says it doesn't have figures on the issue.  The Associated Press compiled the 90,000 figure by contacting Alabama's major health insurance companies.  Alabama's largest health insurance provider is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.  It has 87,000 customers who have been notified that their plans don't meet the law's requirements.  They are being enrolled in a new plan that complies with the law.  Human reports it has 3,000 customers affected.  United Health Care says it focuses on the group insurance market in Alabama rather than individual policies. 

Traffic Fatalities

State Troopers say more people died in highway crashes in Alabama in October than the month before.  The Department of Public Safety says 53 people were killed in highway crashes in October, in September, there were 42 traffic fatalities.  Troopers said traffic accidents have killed 421 people so far this year. 

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby was the keynote speaker Sunday for Tuskegee University's homecoming weekend.  The longtime comedian's message centered on education and respect.  Cosby also advocated changes in the nation's youth culture.  He said young people must learn the meaning of respect for themselves, women and children. 

Alumni Weekend

Plenty of activities are planned for the COBA Alumni Weekend hosted by Alabama State University's College of Business Administration.  The inaugural event begins Friday, November 8th with a dinner and dance featuring guest speaker, Dr. Henry Davis.  Other festivities include a COBA tailgate and football game.  Registration can be done online at asu.edu/cobaalumniweekend.