SEATTLE, Wash. -

Washington residents who got up early on Monday to start their application for health insurance on the state's new online exchange may have been disappointed.

The site was down for maintenance and told shoppers to return at 7 a.m.

People who start their application on wahealthplanfinder.org by midnight Monday  will have some extra time to complete it and still get health insurance starting Jan. 1.

Officials at the health exchange announced last week they would extend the deadline to help more people sign up.

If they complete the application they began by Dec. 23 and pay by Jan. 15, their insurance benefits will cover them retroactively back to Jan. 1.

About 32,000 Washington residents have completed their applications for private insurance and made their first payment for insurance that begins on Jan. 1. Another 61,000 have done everything but made the first payment. Thousands more are still in process.