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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 and fill rate by language and by county are posted on HCA’s website

 HCA (Medicaid) HOURLY RATE

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

FIRST UNION CONTRACT
        2010                  $21.00

HCA (Medicaid) APPOINTMENTS

SFY2018                    406,007

SFY2017                    383,583

SFY2016                    359,750

SFY2015                     327,737

SFY2014                     282,636

SFY2013                     228,561

SFY2012                     201,576
SFY2011                     196,000

DSHS APPOINTMENTS

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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Updated On: Sep 06, 2019

INTERPRETERS UNITED

Local 1671/AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE)

a union run by interpreters for interpreters

We are the labor union for freelance spoken language interpreters contracted by Washington State to render services for Medicaid enrollees and DSHS & DCYF clients pursuant to RCW 41.56.030(10).  We are all small business owners working for Washington State as independent contractors.  Through our union's advocacy, we have worked together with our state to save millions of taxpayers' dollars previously wasted on excessive administrative costs.

We promote lean government principles. Streamlining the procurement of language interpretation services  directs limited public funds to the people actually providing the services, instead of intermediaries. This in turn raises the quality of interpreter services rendered to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Washingtonians.  We support a ONE STOP SHOPPING SOLUTION for rendering services in all three delivery modalities: in-person, over-the-phone and video remote interpretation (VRI). We embrace cloud technology advances in communications and Software as a Service (SaaS) business models.

Appointments covered under our union contract (HCA-Medicaid, DSHS, and DCYF) are currently coordinated by the state's vendor Universal Language Services at hcauniversal.com. You can check the contract performance here.

THOUGH DIVERSE WE ARE ...

UNITED WE STAND AND UNITED WE CAN!

Local 1671 members are a group of dedicated interpreters who work for the greater good. Every odd year, its membership elects its interpreter leaders who, for a 2-year term, volunteer their time and share their knowledge freely with their colleagues.

Interpreters United is Local 1671 of the Washington Federation of State Employees a.k.a. AFSCME Council 28. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees represents 1.6 million public service workers and is affiliated to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Contact Us:

Interpreters United / Local 1671: Local1671[at]gmail.com

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ARE THE INTERPRETING NEEDS OF WASHINGTON STATE'S 

LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT POPULATION BEING MET

Fill rates, per language and per county, for appointments covered under our union contract are now viewable by the public through an interactive dashboard (page #3) hosted on the HCA Interpreter Services website.

Read our Review of the Washington State Medicaid Interpreter Services Program, May 2017.

Read our Report on the Implementation of 2018 Senate Bill 6245 Concerning Spoken Language Interpreter Services, September 2019.


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