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With less than 24 hours until the sign-up deadline for individual health coverage, the federal website Healthcare.Gov went down.

At about 2:20 a.m. CT, the online marketplace application and enrollment system went down. A message on the application and enrollment page said, "The system isn't available at the moment. We're currently performing maintenance. Please try again later."

Shortly before 7 a.m. the message on that page changed to read, "Healthcare.Gov has a lot of visitors right now! We need you to wait here so we can make sure there's room for you to have a good experience on our site."

A statement from site officials blamed the issue on a software bug.

Anyone trying to get on the site was able to leave their email and received an invitation back to the site when the system became available.

The outage came after the site has seen a surge in visitors leading up to Monday's enrollment deadline.  The Obama administration reported 9 million hits on the site this past week.

Locally, health officials in the Quad Cities said they've also seen a last-minute surge in people wanting to sign up. As of Sunday, UnityPoint Health Trinity said it helped more than 1,900 people enroll in the marketplace or expanded Medicaid. Genesis Health System said it helped more than 1,000 people get health insurance.

For anyone who misses Monday's deadline because of problems with the website or any other reason, White House officials have said they can still enroll past the deadline and get coverage for 2014. 

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