Reporter | Business

Christopher Snowbeck covers health insurers, including Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, and the business of running hospitals and clinics. 

Since 1994, Snowbeck has covered health care stories at four newspapers including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, two daughters and two cats. He graduated from Carleton College as a history major with a concentration in medieval studies. He serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists. He's also a runner.


HealthPartners cutting 75 jobs on diminished Medicare revenue

Care providers reporting financial impact from Medicare Cost plan changes.


UnitedHealth Group names Optum CEO as president

Former Glaxo­SmithKline exec Andrew Witty will have both jobs as he ascends closer to top.


HealthPartners closing pharmacies and cutting 300 jobs

HealthPartners says it's due to economic pressures that give an advantage to larger operators in the industry.


UnitedHealthcare assessed $1 million penalty for claims payment violations

Pennsylvania regulators say insurer violated state, federal laws on medical claims.


Minnesota trade groups offering new health plans

Despite rules suspension, associations venturing in.


Regulators probe racial bias with UnitedHealth algorithm

Regulators says racial bias in algorithm leads to poorer care for black patients; UnitedHealth defends product.


Minnesota employers see 4% health cost increases

A survey puts the average at $12,850 per worker in 2019, with 4.4% higher costs expected in 2020.


Minn. study: Truckers saw offsetting savings with sleep apnea treatment

University of Minnesota Morris researchers documented savings that helped offset costs of a sleep apnea treatment program


Medicare health plans adding more counties in Minnesota, U.S.

Insurers that sell Medicare Advantage health plans are pushing to extend the coverage into hundreds of new counties across the country next year, a competitive…


UnitedHealthcare plan faces Medicare sanction

Minnetonka-based insurer says one of its health plans fell out of compliance with Medicare.