Earlier during this tax filing season, the IRS announced that they had made changes to their system, and that returns that failed to provide information on healthcare coverage would be rejected. However, due to
President Trump’s executive order on 1/20/2017 stating that government agencies needed to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions that impose a fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden. The IRS has reacted to this by stating that returns without the health insurance information will still be processed. The IRS did note that the provisions of ACA are still in force, and that taxpayers must abide by this law. The full IRS announcement can be seen here.