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January 26, 2020

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


July 2019                  $41.00

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

        2010                  $21.00


SFY2018                    406,007

SFY2017                    383,583

SFY2016                    359,750

SFY2015                     327,737

SFY2014                     282,636

SFY2013                     228,561

SFY2012                     201,576
SFY2011                     196,000


SFY2016                 15,836

SFY2015                 16,782

SFY2014                  15,943

SFY2013                  15,556

SFY2012                  10,234

SFY2011                  17,700

 HCA (Medicaid) BUDGET

Jul 2013/Jun 2015             $25.1M

Jul 2011/Jun 2013             $18.1M

Jul 2009/Jun 2011             $23.0M

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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Interpreters United, Local 1671 is actively engaged in legislative, policy, and professional improvement initiatives for interpreters.  Here is a sampling of current campaigns and issues facing our members. 

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Jan 16, 2020
When compared with other Individual Providers (e.g. Home Health or Childcare workers), interpreters have a very restrictive scope of bargaining. Under current state law, interpreters (a.k.a. Language Access Providers) are limited to bargain only over economic compensation, professional development, grievance process, and union-management committee meetings.
Dec 12, 2018
This year the House, the Senate and the Governorship are all under the control of the same party.
Download: Yakima County strains to pay for interpreters 2018-12-16.pdf

Jan 08, 2018
This year the House, the Senate and the Governorship are all under the control of the same party.
Download: 2018 SB6245 Concerning Spoken Language Interpreters.pdf , 2018 WSLC Legislative Report.pdf

Jan 17, 2017
Within the first week of this year's legislative session, a record of 6 bills regarding interpreters have been introduced ranging from necessary housekeeping to a highly controversial one. Check them out!
Download: 2017 Regulating Interpreter Services.pdf

Dec 17, 2015
People of color make up a rapidly increasing proportion of Washington State. In 2014, people of color made up 29.6% of the state’s 7 million residents. The Washington Community Action Network's Facing Race 2016 Legislative Report Card examines 34 bills from the 2015 Regular and Special Sessions that have the most direct impact on racial equity.Language access bills are included in this report.
Jan 29, 2015
HB 1780 Bill building on the Federation-initiated and negotiated reforms that saved the state millions of dollars for medical interpreter services are now before legislative committees. The bill would centralize and consolidate the procurement of spoken language interpreter services and expand the use of language access providers.
Download: 2015 Support HB1780 SB5664.pdf , DOJ-DOL L-n-I Report-CRC Complaint 2014-07-22.pdf

Apr 29, 2014
In 2013, two Democrats traded control of the Washington State Senate to Republicans in exchange for better job titles and bigger offices. In 2014, the real consequences of those partisan political machinations  are clearer than ever. Progressive policies and job-creating infrastructure investments supported by both Gov.Gov. Jay Inslee and the Democratic-controlled House were blocked by Senate Republicans.
Download: 2014 WSLC Legislative Report.pdf

Feb 24, 2013
The Washington State Legislature is considering many bills affecting almost all interpreters in Washington State. Visit for more information on the current status of each bill below.
Download: 2014 HB 2617 One-pager.pdf , HB 1709 OEO One-pager.pdf , OEO Report to Legislature 2015-01.pdf

Aug 25, 2018
This year, the Senate is under Republican control for the first time in many years. No spoken language interpreter bill passed the legislature this year.

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