The Obama administration will give consumers who claim they were unable to sign up for Obamacare extra time to select a health plan, essentially extending the March 31 deadline for some individuals to obtain insurance or pay a fine.

“Open enrollment ends March 31. We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone,” said Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the Washington Post, individuals will simply have to check a blue box on healthcare.gov that says they tried to enroll before the March 31 deadline. The extension will last until mid-April, the newspaper reported.

The White House has long insisted that the March 31 deadline was non-negotiable but hinted that it might grant a grace period to those who had trouble signing up for Obamacare.

The administration will not actually check whether individuals encountered technical problems, the Post reported.

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