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APPOINTMENTS COVERED BY OUR UNION CONTRACT

are scheduled through Washington State's coordinating entity, currently ULS and formerly CTS LanguageLink. The contract performance reports are posted on HCA’s website

 

DSHS APPOINTMENTS

SFY2017                  15,836

SFY2016                  16,782

SFY2015                  15,943

SFY2014                  15,556

HCA (Medicaid) APPOINTMENTS

SFY2018                    384,656

SFY2017                    359,750

SFY2016                     327,737

SFY2015                     282,636

SFY2014                     228,561

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 2018                  $39.76

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.

The new coordinating entity, ULS took over the contract on July 1, 2018.

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2019 Interpreter Bills
Updated On: Jun 26, 2019

This year the House, the Senate and the Governorship are all under the control of the same party.

Support Legislative Funding for Court Interpreter Services

 

The Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) needs your support to improve access to court interpreter services for our growing diverse population. Washington State does not have a unified court system; its courts are funded by counties and cities. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Executive Order 13166, state courts are mandated to provide free interpreter services. This is an unfunded federal mandate.

In 2008, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) implemented the first phase of a reimbursement program where if courts contract with state certified and registered interpreters, then AOC reimburses them 50% of the expense. Currently, less than 50 courts are participating in the reimbursement program, which needs to be expanded to cover all the rest. The AOC 2019-2021 budget includes funds to support  this judicial branch priority. Please reach out to your local legislators and ask them to support  this important funding request. 

·         Fact Sheet

·         Talking Points

·         Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

·         Legislative Response Form

Update: The Interpreter Funding Task Force’s budget request was funded by the legislature. The Task Force sent out individual thank you letters to all Senate and House Budget Committee legislators for their support of the request. The Task Force meets in June to review their work and determine next steps. AOC staff previously developed a broad level program implementation plan to help guide work activities if funding was secured. AOC will continue planning efforts and start program implementation in the new fiscal year which starts on July 1, 2019.

Language Accesss in Public Schools

HB1130 / SB 5606 requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to implement a Language Assistance Plan (LAP) for K-12 schools. In addition, OSPI shall convene a work group to guide the development of training standards or a curriculum for interpreters working in elementary and secondary public schools.

Update: Signed into law by the Governor on May 7, 2019. Effective as of July 28, 2019.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN OREGON

HB2231 provides the right for healthcare interpreters paid by the State of Oregon to collectively bargain with the State of Oregon.

Update: Signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2019. Goest into effect on January 1, 2020.


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