With the first round of employer mandates required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set to begin in 2015, a new survey finds that employers appear more informed about their companies’ options for providing health insurance.

Sixty-nine percent of U.S. employers report being “very informed” about their options under the ACA in 2014, as compared to only 37 percent in 2013.

The results come by way of an annual survey of employee benefits decision-makers by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies. The 2014 survey was conducted in March and April, with the findings report, Pulse Check on Employer Preparedness for the ACA, released in May.

The survey found that most employers (64 percent) plan on taking some action to comply with the ACA, with 19 percent planning to change plan options and 17 percent planning to change insurers.

Other key findings from the study include:

Source:  Society for Human Resources Management