Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune
Reporter | Business

Chris has covered health care stories at four different daily newspapers since 1994. His work at the Star Tribune focuses on health insurers, hospitals and the state's MNsure health insurance exchange. Previously, he worked at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va., and the Indianapolis News.


UnitedHealth Group shrugs off reports that Amazon may enter pharmacy business

The nation's largest health insurer boosted full-year earnings guidance after topping analyst estimates.


Feds drop a whistleblower case against UnitedHealth Group

A judge had dismissed a suit alleging false filings; other litigation continues.


Dayton signs agreement for 'reinsurance' program

The program will lower individual market premiums for 2018.


Minn. joins suit against Trump's halt to health insurance subsidies

The state health insurance program receives much of the "cost-sharing reduction" money marked for elimination by the Trump administration.


Consumers could see steady premiums as UnitedHealthcare enters Minnesota market

The Minnetonka health insurer is ramping up competition in Minnesota.


Judge tosses Medica lawsuit challenging DHS contract changes

The HMO sued after dropping its public health contract, then losing business to insurers who stepped in.


Interim CEO Mark Traynor will stay in top post at UCare

UCare has named Mark Traynor as the Minneapolis-based health insurer's permanent chief executive, a job Traynor has held on an interim basis since April.


UnitedHealth goes for bigger slice of market in Minnesota

The nation's largest health insurer said it plans to start selling coverage next year to commercial groups in Minnesota.


Whistleblower lawsuit filed in California against UnitedHealth Group is dismissed

Ruling in California whistleblower lawsuit doesn't halt parallel case in the Twin Cities.


As much of Minnesota sees premiums decline, Rochester's are on the rise

Individual health insurance premiums are flat or going down across most of Minnesota next year, but that won't be true in the southeast corner of the state — a region that already has the highest rates in the market.