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.


Mayo shifting hospital services from Albert Lea

In a growing trend, the health system cited better efficiency for the move.


Iowa seeking help from Feds for insurance market

Two leading carriers have announced plans to exit Iowa's individual market for 2018, which means Minnetonka-based Medica could be the only insurer offering coverage to individuals statewide next year.


UnitedHealthcare might stay on exchanges in Nevada, New York

Nation's largest health insurer filed paperwork to stay in New York, Nevada.


Operating losses swamp investment gains at health plans in Minnesota

Red ink ruled for health plans despite investment income of $149 million.


Losses narrow for Minn. health plans, but customers head for exits

Health plans saw less red ink in 2016, but enrollment declines likely means healthy subscribers are dropping coverage.


Report puts bull's-eye on 'low-value' health care

Study says millions spent on services, exams that provide little or no benefit.


As health insurers drop out, Medica gains unwanted monopolies

The Minnetonka-based insurer is the only one now selling statewide coverage to individuals in Iowa and Nebraska that might possibly return in 2018 to government-run exchanges.


Bright Health raises $160 million for for expanding health plans

The Minneapolis-based start-up insurer is selling coverage in Colorado.


Law blocks HMO sales to for-profits in Minnesota

The two-year moratorium comes after Republicans and DFLers couldn't agree on rules for any transactions.


Blue Cross outlook turns negative on loss, IT costs

A rating agency revised the health insurer's outlook while affirming its financial strength.