Residents of Prince William County, Virginia fill-out health care applications at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center, Evergreen Terrace Site, in Manassas, Va. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Do you hear those crickets? That is the sound of a successful open enrollment launch. The press has kept mostly quiet about the start of this year’s open enrollment. On November 15th, 2014 Healthcare.gov opened up for consumers to review, renew and pick new plans and unlike last year, folks were able to enroll starting on the first day.

VCV is working with partners around the state to ensure that Virginians are aware of their options for health coverage.

In Hampton Roads our partner Gaylene Kanoyton of Celebrate Healthcare organized an Enrollfest with over 200 attendees. One consumer Beatrice was able to enroll in a plan for just $66 dollars a month! Additionally, students from William and Mary’s Commonwealth Covered chapter were able assist with Celebrate Healthcare’s enrollment events.

In Northern Virginia, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell visited the Greater Prince William Community Health Center, Evergreen Terrace Site, in Manassas. Certified Applications Counselors with Northern Virginia Family Service and the community health center worked to connect consumers with coverage. According to the Federal Government 500,000 people logged on to healthcare.gov while about 100,000 submitted an application.

If you or someone you know needs health insurance visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 for assistance 24/7. You can also visit our calendar to find an enrollment event near you.