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.


GOP seeks delay on ACA subsidy ruling

Federal money considered important in supporting MinnesotaCare program.


Fairview-HealthEast deal continues trend of health systems bulking up

Hospitals argue that mergers help control costs. Consolidation critics counter that bulked-up hospital systems have power to demand high prices. The debate unfolds further in this deal.


State says $100 million in MinnesotaCare funding is at risk

Attorney General Lori Swanson wants to intervene in a federal lawsuit that could block certain subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.


Feds sue UnitedHealth alleging at least $1 billion in false claims

The government's complaint comes in a whistleblower case brought by a former employee in Minnesota.


UnitedHealth shutting down Harken Health

The innovative subsidiary lost money in the market selling coverage to individuals.


Boards approve Fairview-HealthEast hospital merger

The boards of directors at the Fairview and HealthEast hospital systems have approved a merger effective June 1 to create one of the state's largest health systems.


Contract dispute between Blue Cross, Children's hospital persists

The continuing standoff between the two medical giants threatens to block an estimated 70,000 patients from visiting Children's at in-network rates starting July 5.


U wants more money from Fairview

A Board of Regents vote means the two sides can talk through September.


Consumer protections 'gutted' in HMO bill, critics say

The change, in a large spending bill for health and human services before the Legislature, addresses how nonprofit HMOs can become for-profit insurers.


Fairview says merger with HealthEast moving forward

The deal will add three hospitals and 14 clinics to a network that is one of the state's largest.