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Enrollment events are planned in Chicago as an important deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Sunday is the last day to sign up to buy private insurance on the marketplace for coverage in 2016.

Fines for being uninsured are rising and could average nearly $1,000 per household.

The penalties are the law's nudge to get healthy people into the insurance pool, helping keep premiums manageable for everyone.

Chicago enrollment events are planned Saturday at the Chicago Urban League and the Community First Medical Center.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, KFF State Health

Following Thursday's ruling  from the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois residents who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- will get to keep tax credits that cut the cost of their plans. 

The question before the court was whether federal subsidies could be given out in states, including Illinois, that did not build their own online marketplaces. 

Illinois residents surprised by a tax penalty for being uninsured will get another chance to sign up for coverage.

A special enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care law starts Sunday and runs through April 30th.

Officials say it's the last chance for those who do not have coverage to avoid paying an even bigger fine when they file their taxes next year. 

Deadline For Insurance Enrollment Approaching

Feb 9, 2015

The deadline to enroll in the health care marketplace is Sunday, and counselors across the state are meeting with people to help sign them up. 

Loren Greer is a 63-year-old truck driver who was taken off his company's health coverage when he was forced into early retirement. He sought help from an in-person counselor so he can avoid paying a fee after the Feb. 15 deadline.

If it weren't for the threat of a $325 fee, Greer might not enroll.

State of Illinois

Illinois lawmakers missed a Jan. 1 deadline to approve a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Without its own exchange, the state forfeits millions of federal dollars while leaving consumers vulnerable to paying more for insurance.

Illinois was facing dual deadlines last month when lawmakers made a final effort to create its own marketplace. The first was the looming New Year---which they blew past last week, losing out on as much as $270 million.