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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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Washington State’s government agencies and local jurisdictions are encouraged, though not required, to use the Department of Enterprise Services contracts #03514 for on-site interpreting, #05614 for telephone interpreting, and #08114 for sign language interpreting.

Most Washington State courts, which are funded by counties and cities, contract directly with interpreters. Some courts use sophisticated online scheduling software developed either in-house or leased. Pursuant to RCW 2.43.040(5), the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) reimburses participating courts (~20%) up to 50% of their interpreter expense.

For workers compensation claims and crime victims, Labor and Industries (L&I) pays interpreters, who are requested by L&I providers, directly or through an intermediary (language services company).

For Medicaid eligible patients, states have the option of claiming Medicaid and/or CHIP reimbursement for the cost of interpreting services, either as an administrative expense (MAC) or optional covered service. Currently, 15 states take advantage of these federal matching funds: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Texas (only sign language interpreters), Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. In Washington State, the federal government reimburses interpreting expenses at 50% for adults and 75% for children.

LET HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS KNOW OF THIS HCA PROGRAM FOR MEDICAID PATIENTS! You can download, print and leave with them the one-pager titled "Interpreter Services for Medicaid Patients".

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