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2016 health insurance deadline approaches, 180K sign-ups so far

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SEATTLE — Saturday is the deadline for enrolling in Feb. 1 health insurance coverage.

Washington residents will have another week, until Jan. 31, to sign up for insurance that takes effect on March 1

Adults who don’t sign up for insurance this year will face penalties of at least $695. Families could be asked to pay more than $2,000 in fines if they don’t buy insurance through the exchange or are covered through a workplace plan.

State officials say they have seen an uptick in insurance enrollments as end of open enrollment nears. Another 11,000 people signed up for insurance since the first of the year, bringing the total number of sign-ups to 180,000 since open enrollment began on Nov. 1.