The Urban Indian Health Institute conducted the report over the past year amid concern that Native American and Alaska Native women are vanishing in high numbers, despite a lack of government data to identify the full scope of the problem.
Kanakanak Hospital was first placed in immediate jeopardy on Sept. 27. After a complaint was made, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigator conducted a survey and noted serious deficiencies in the hospital’s pharmacy.
Beginning next year, a new law will require health care providers in Alaska to be more transparent about their prices. While it may help prevent sticker shock, experts said the move likely won’t result in cheaper medical procedures.
The state is chipping away at thousands of backlogged and untested sexual assault kits. But officials stress that recent progress is partially due to one-time grant funds, and that it needs more resources to keep up with rising demands for DNA testing in violent and sexual crimes.