Amongst healthcare.gov difficulties come success stories as well - KCTV5

Amongst healthcare.gov difficulties come success stories as well

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Jan. 1 signaled the start of health insurance coverage for those who signed up under the Affordable Care Act. The Obama Administration says 2.1 million people have signed up so far, but it will be a few weeks before they know how many actually paid their first premium.

Through all of the difficulties with healthcare.gov some success stories are starting to surface.

It was like lifting a huge weight off private fitness instructor Coleen Voeks as she welcomed 2014.

"Seriously, I woke up on Jan. 1 knowing we were now covered and I almost cried. It was like this cessation of this long-term fear that we've had, just this low grade fear that anything could happen," Voeks said.

She and her husband are two of the millions of Americans who now have health insurance for the first time in years under the Affordable Care Act.

"That's been rough for about ten years now. We haven't had health insurance. We've been sweating it. It's the ‘cross your fingers and pray nothing happens,'" she said.

But Voeks' ACA success story wasn't always easy sailing.

"I was able to finally register, get a username, a login, my password, and then it kept kicking me off and kicking me off. So I gave it up a couple of days, tried again, a few days later, it kicked me off again so I just left it for a couple of weeks," she said.

Voeks said healthcare.gov horror stories discouraged her for a while, but it proved to be worth the patience. For $40 a month she and her husband will be covered.

She hopes others will see her story and be inspired.

"Try again. Try again. It's been hammered, we all know that there was issues with it, but keep trying," Voeks said.

The Obama Administration says, in order for the Affordable Care Act to work as intended, it needs seven million healthy adults to be enrolled by the end of the year.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City says it should have some better numbers from 2014's first week by Monday.

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