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.