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.


More found health coverage via small groups in Minnesota last year

Tighter labor market has more firms using benefit to recruit.


Smaller expansion at Regions Hospital moves forward

The St. Paul hospital wants lawmakers to approve the plan by Sunday.


Future looks bright for startup insurer Bright Health

The startup insurer saw its enrollment double.


Medica sees enrollment jump in ACA markets

The Minnetonka insurer is the only option for Iowa and Nebraska residents.


Feds paying $17.2 million in MinnesotaCare lawsuit

Minnesota and New York sued over federal funding for state insurance plans.


Fairview plans $111 million renovation at U hospital

The plan calls for new and renovated space for emergency and surgery patients.


UnitedHealthcare expands program for hip, knee and spine procedures

More employers are flocking to the plan, which aims to cut costs while improving care.


Former Medicare chief and UnitedHealth executive Andy Slavitt launches health-focused venture-capital firm

Former UnitedHealth Group executive putting focus on improving care in Medicare, Medicaid.


Employer health costs rising faster in Minnesota than nationwide

Most employers outside of the state are seeing increases at a lesser rate.


Health plans in Minnesota lost less on Medicaid in 2017

Blue Cross, HealthPartners, Medica and UCare saw improved financial results on PMAP, MinnesotaCare.