SPOKANE, Wash. -

Washington is one of just 14 states that operates its own health insurance marketplace and, compared to most states, the sign-up numbers in the Evergreen State are much better.

In fact, Washington is third out of the 50 states for enrollment numbers. That is due in part to Washington creating its own insurance exchange, rather than relying on the federal government.

When shopping for insurance, Dale McCawley wants to make sure his wife Rosa has the best plan. That's why he likes meeting face to face.

"I try to get online but I couldn't figure out what button to push," McCawley said with a laugh.

While he doesn't want to shop online for insurance others do.

To date, nearly 660,000 people have visited Washington's health plan finder's website and 77,000 have signed up for insurance. Of those people, roughly 9,000 signed up through private health plans and 68,000 with Medicaid.

Curt Fackler runs Better Health Together, an in-person assistance group that helps people enroll in health care through the state's exchange.

"We've been able to solve a lot of problems and answer questions and people really do like that touch," Fackler said.

He said roughly 90-percent of those enrolled are single. So how much does the insurance cost? Fackler crunched the numbers and found, for instance, a 30-year-old man living in Spokane and making $25,000 a year could pay $117 a month in one plan. Another plan, with a lower deductible, would cost $167.

Unlike the federal site, you can shop online without filling out an application.

"The process is a lot quicker and a lot easier, once you decide what you want, now you can go in and create an application," Fackler said.

The state's website hasn't been without glitches, however. It had to be shut down the first day it launched, but most of the problems have been fixed.

Despite that, McCawley still wants to meet in-person so he can get help navigating the health care maze.

"She's healthy but in case she does get ill, something to fall back on, instead of paying for everything," he said.

In order to be insured by January 1, you have to sign up and pay by December 23.

If you want to meet someone in person to talk about insurance plans like McCawley, there are a number of places around the area you can go, including some local CHAS clinics and libraries. They've trained 250 employees at those sites to enroll people.