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Deadline To Enroll For Health Insurance Is Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota residents who don’t have health insurance have until Sunday to sign up before the end of the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period.

Those who sign up by Sunday will avoid a penalty on their taxes when they file in early 2016.

The second enrollment season for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law began Nov. 15. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says more than 19,000 people in South Dakota have selected plans or have been automatically re-enrolled.

About 88 percent of those choosing plans were deemed eligible for financial assistance.

Nationwide, more than 7.7 million people have signed up for the first time or re-enrolled in coverage since the second enrollment period began.