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DENVER -- If you don’t have health care, you only have three more days to enroll or face a penalty.

So far 132,000 people have signed up for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado this year.

This weekend, it expect that number to grow and a lot of people are expected at the 16th Street Enrollment center ahead of Sunday’s deadline.

People still shopping for health insurance can get information and enroll online, over the phone or at one of the enrollment centers.

Those who aren’t covered by their insurance through their employer and don’t sign up by Sunday won’t be eligible for insurance this year and will face a penalty at tax time.

“The most important reason to buy health insurance is protect your family’s health and their financial security,” said Luke Clarke with Connect for Health Colorado. “If you go without insurance, you face the penalty and if you have a health care need, the cost of that will be much higher than the penalty.”

This year, the fine is 2 percent of your yearly income, or $325 per adult, whichever is higher.