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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SB 6245 Concerning spoken language interpreter services
SB 6245 would centralize and consolidate the procurement of spoken language interpreter services thereby reducing administrative costs while protecting consumers. It would also limit testing for languages and regions where there are already too many interpreters.
Update: Scheduled for public hearing in the house of origin.
HB 1186 Provision of and reimbursement for certain court interpreter services
Introduced at the behest of the Board of Judicial Administration, HB 1186 (a) requires presiding officers to appoint a certified, registered, or qualified interpreter at public expense in all legal proceedings in which a non-English-speaking person is a party or is compelled to appear; (b) provides for reimbursement by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) of one-half of the costs for interpreters, subject to the availability of funds specifically appropriated for this purpose; and (c) requires presiding officers to track and provide interpreter cost and usage data annually to the AOC.
Update: Passed the House on January 11, 2018. Now moving on to the Senate.
HB 1386 / SB 5233 Exempting translators and interpreters from the state's Industrial Insurance Act
The purpose of this bill is to exclude a group of workers from both industrial insurance under Title 51 and unemployment compensation under Title 50 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Under HB 1386 and its companion SB 5233, except for agents or brokers subject to RCW 50.44.010, 50.44.020,7 50.44.030, and 50.50.010, the term "employment" shall not include services performed by a language translator or interpreter that are provided for others through an agent or broker. Other exempt workers under current legislation include: domestic servants, gardeners, jockeys, rural child laborers, and newspaper carriers.
Update: By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status. Senate version referred to Labor and Commerce Committee.
Interpreter Lobby Day Jan 26, 2018
WFSE Legislative and Political
Action (LPA) office
906 Columbia St SW 5th floor
Olympia, WA 98501.