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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Sunday is the last day to purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace to avoid paying a penalty.

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Federal health officials say 90 percent of Florida consumers who signed-up were eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums.

Florida has led the nation with enrollments under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act with more than 1.6 million buying a health plan. Nationally, roughly 8.8 million consumers have bought or renewed their insurance through

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If consumers miss the January 31st enrollment deadline, they could have to wait another year to sign up for coverage and also risk paying a penalty of $695 or more when filing their federal income taxes.

Floridians can sign up online, over the phone at 1-800-318-2596, or at health centers across the state.

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