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.

Blue Cross pays $45K penalty on network issue

Commerce alleged the health insurer's system did not update properly.

MNsure weighs tighter sign-up rules

The exchange can follow the feds' lead or side with consumer advocates.

Abbott holds steady on release date for new ICD

Company expects clearance for a new defibrillator later this year despite FDA warning letter.

Medtronic selling medical products business in $6.1B deal

Ohio-based Cardinal Health picks up a variety of patient monitoring and recovery products, plus 17 manufacturing facilities

No health coverage? ACA endures and so does tax penalty

Since Republicans have not repealed and replaced the ACA, the mandate remains in place.

Despite 2016 losses, Blue Cross CEO 'cautiously optimistic' about individual market

Too soon to say whether premiums are covering individual plan claims.

Outgoing HealthPartners CEO says divisiveness is hampering progress

Retiring HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd said industry is in an unusually anxious period.

Study: Big hospitals outside Twin Cities grow profits

Analysis of 2015 data adds a wrinkle to findings from a hospital trade group.

Trump to nominate U economist for key job at HHS

U health care economist would serve as an assistant secretary.

Health plans in Minnesota saw their worst year in a decade

State insurers' $687 M in red ink fits national pattern, analysts say.