WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The federal health care exchange website was down for several hours for maintenance Monday as the deadline to signup loomed.

“The system isn’t available at the moment. “We’re currently performing maintenance. Please try again later,” the message on HealthCare.gov states.

The Associated Press reported that the website was down for nearly four hours, with the website fully functional around 9 a.m. ET.

“The tech team is working now to bring the system online as soon as possible. Consumers are able to leave their email and will be invited back when the system is available,” a Health and Human Services spokesman told Politico.

Despite the website being down for several hours, Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, tweeted that signing up for health care is “easy-peasy.”

“Sign up for health care today — It’s ‘easy-peasy,'” Jarrett posted on Twitter.

HealthCare.gov has been plagued with numerous glitches since its initial launch last October.

March 31 is the official deadline to sign up for Obamacare, but last week the White House granted additional time for those who had trouble signing up.

The White House says more than 6 million have signed up for health coverage, meaning the administration met its scaled back goal a few days early.

Those without health insurance face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of their income.

Obama’s Affordable Care Act marked its fourth anniversary last week.

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