UnitedHealth cites near-term pressures in ACA, Medicare cuts The near-term pressures are expected to cost over $1.50 per share in 2014. The company has set a target of having more than $65B in value based contracts with care providers by 2018. It says it will closely study the development of individual public exchanges in 2014 and be "selective" in its approaches for 2015. Initial Medicare growth is within the company's estimates and continue to expect commercial group risk membership to be stable in 2014 with commercial individual insured membership declining over the course of the year. Optum expects strong top and bottom line growth in 2014 with a range of $45B-$46B in revenue. Optum's earnings are expected to be strong in 2H14 due to growth investments early in the year. Expects cash flow from operations in range of $7.8B-$8.2B in 2014 and expect to return $4B to shareholders through repurchase and dividend. Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
Castlight Health working to offer services to UnitedHealth customers In a regulatory filing after Friday's close, Castlight (CSTL) disclosed that the company and United HealthCare Services (UNH), on behalf of itself and its affiliated companies, have agreed upon a process for how Castlight can obtain a customerís plan information from United HealthCare to allow Castlight to provide its services to that customer. "Castlight has begun to build the technology infrastructure to support this process and does not believe that this development will materially impact its financial results in 2015," the company stated.