are scheduled through Washington State's coordinating entity CTS LanguageLink. The contract performance measures are posted on HCA’s website
Overall Filled Rate SFY 2015
HCA (Medicaid) APPOINTMENTS
SFY2013 201,576 SFY2012 196,176
HCA (Medicaid) BUDGET
Jul 2013/Jun 2015 $25.1M
Jul 2011/Jun 2013 $18.1M
Jul 2009/Jun 2011 $23.0M
HCA (Medicaid) HOURLY RATE
July 2017 $38.50
July 2016 $38.00
July 2015 $37.10
July 2014 $32.50 July 2013 $32.00 July 2012 $31.50 July 2011 $30.00
FIRST UNION CONTRACT 2010 $21.00
A modified procurement model began on July 1, 2011.
The coordinating entity procurement model began on September 24, 2012.
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OFM Report to the Legislature March 2013 pursuant to 2012 Third Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2127 Section 131(7). Thanks to our union’s advocacy, we were able to include language in 2012 supplemental operating budget mandating the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to coordinate a study of the procurement of interpreter services statewide. This study reflects actual expenditures for WA executive branch state agencies only.
Three WA State executive branch agencies represent 97% of the state’s expenditures on interpreter services:
Census data show that a quarter of King County’s population – over 450,000 residents – speaks a language other than English as their first language. Of these, about a quarter speaks Spanish as their first language. In total, more than 170 different languages are spoken in King County, including American Sign Language (ASL) and other sign languages for the hearing impaired. While many of these residents who did not learn English as their native language are fluent in English, about 11 percent of County residents, or nearly 200,000 people, have limited English proficiency and would be challenged to communicate effectively with County agencies, which could impede their access to services.
In 2013, the County spent about $5.4 million to provide interpretation services. The three primary County agencies that utilize interpreter services are the DPH ($2.5 million in interpreter expenses in 2013), Superior Court ($1.4 million), and District Court ($1.0 million). Other criminal justice agencies also have significant interpretation expenses. Beyond this, numerous County agencies occasionally hire an interpreter for a public meeting or call a telephone interpretation service to assist with in-person clients, but these expenses are minimal and were not considered in this report.