The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Law shall develop and implement training in the use of the protocols and the sexual assault examination kits for peace officers, district attorneys, and appropriate law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and sexual assault program personnel.
(a) The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Law in conjunction with the Department of Health and Social Services shall develop a manual of protocols governing the distribution and use of the sexual assault examination kit developed under AS 18.68.010 .
(b) The Department of Public Safety shall distribute copies of the protocol manual developed under this section to the appropriate peace officers and health care providers in the state.
A law enforcement agency, health care facility, or other entity may not require a victim of sexual assault under AS 11.41.410 - 11.41.425 who is 16 years of age or older to pay, directly or indirectly, through health insurance or any other means, for the costs of examination of the victim necessary for
(1) collecting evidence using the sexual assault examination kit under AS 18.68.010 or otherwise; or
(2) determining whether a sexual assault has occurred.
(a) The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Law shall develop a uniform sexual assault examination kit.
(b) Under protocols developed under AS 18.68.020 ,
(1) the Department of Public Safety shall distribute the kits throughout the state; and
(2) peace officers and health care providers shall use the kits for the gathering of evidence in cases of suspected sexual assault.
(c) The appropriate person under the protocols developed under AS 18.68.020 shall provide a sexual assault examination kit at no charge.
(d) This section does not prohibit the introduction in court of evidence obtained without the use of a sexual assault examination kit.