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.


Farm co-ops extend deadline for health plan sign-ups

Minnesota farmers are getting more time to decide whether to seek health insurance from co-op providers.


Health insurers are running with big rewards for using fitness trackers

UnitedHealthcare program for wearable devices fits with growing focus on worker wellness in employer health plans.


Willmar health system would be part of CentraCare

Carris Health, a subsidiary of CentraCare Health, would benefit from an electronic health record system.


Mayo Clinic reports $300,000 theft by worker

Mayo Clinic says it discovered last year the theft of more than $300,000 by an employee who was responsible for handling cash at the Rochester-based…


HealthPartners expands Wisconsin footprint

Provider signs on with two hospital systems to expand footprint in state.


MNsure highlights newcomers in sign-up tally

The exchange already is halfway to its goal of 10,000 new enrollees for 2018.


Farmer cooperative health plans may rattle Minn. individual market

Minnesota farmers are sizing up a new crop of health plans after struggling for years with skyrocketing premiums and diminished insurance options. Lawmakers blessed the…


Children's Minnesota says CEO Bob Bonar will retire

Departure of Bob Bonar will be the second since feud with Blue Cross.


Sanford acquires stake in German hospital

The investment extends the connection between the Sioux Falls-based health systems and the German health care system.


UnitedHealth Group enters senior fitness market race

The Optum Fitness Advantage plan is seen by analysts as competing with popular "SilverSneakers" program.