New numbers released show more than 35,000 people in the state of Washington have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and an additional 56,000 people have completed online applications that are awaiting payment due in December.
"The first few days we started, we couldn't get on there," said Heather Mertins of her experience.
Despite the problems of the website in Washington, wahbexchange.org, and the steps you have to go through, Mertins signed up in just ten minutes.
"We qualified to pay $10.90 a month," Mertins said.
That, after months of going without insurance because of lost jobs. Earlier this year Heather had vertigo. She went to the emergency room. Then she got the bill.
"It was about, I think, $7,000," she said.
It was a bill she couldn't pay. Now, she's one of 35,000 who've signed up across the state.
Curt Fackler is an in-person manager at Better Health Together, a company that overlooks healthcare options for 14 counties in eastern Washington.
"What I think the big key that I'm excited about is 80 percent of the people we've signed up have been without insurance for more than a year," said Fackler. "40 percent for longer than five years."
Fackler and his colleagues have signed up more than 1,000 people in person, while hoping to sign up 10,000 by March. Many have questions about their income, and asking if they can even get insurance.
"It's been great seeing individuals who are excited about getting coverage and that's been the big thing we've noticed. People are saying, 'Great, I didn't know I qualified and I do now,'" Fackler said.
You can also call the Washington Health Benefit Exchange at 1-855-923-4633.