SUMMARY OF: A Sunset Review of the Department of Health and Social Services,
Alaska Health Care Commission

Why DLA Performed This Audit

The purpose of this audit was to determine if there is a need for the commission’s continued existence and whether its termination date should be extended. The commission is set to sunset on June 30, 2017, and will have one year from that date to conclude its administrative operations.

Report Conclusions

Overall, the audit found the commission failed to operate in the public’s interest by not developing a statewide health plan. The prior sunset audit dated May 6, 2013, concluded that, without a statewide health plan, the actions of the commission may not effectively impact health care in Alaska. The prior audit recommended the commission coordinate with DHSS on development of a plan and to clearly define roles and responsibilities of the commission. Subsequent to the audit, no significant progress was made towards development of an actionable plan. The commission has been inactive since July 2015 due to a lack of funding.

In accordance with AS 44.66.010(a)(9), the commission is scheduled to terminate on June 30, 2017. We do not recommend extending the commission’s termination date.

Findings and Recommendations

There were no new recommendations as part of the current sunset audit.