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.

MNsure tightens rule on 'special' enrollments

The change by MNsure follows concerns from insurers about potential "gaming" in the individual market.

MNsure CEO Allison O'Toole departing for new job

Allison O'Toole, who took the role in 2015, will be replaced by the exchange's COO, Nate Clark.

Optum names Andrew Witty, former Glaxo chief, as its new CEO

Larry Renfro, who has led the firm since 2011, will become managing partner of venture fund as Witty steps in.

Departing Blue Cross CEO didn't disclose outside consulting payments

Departing Blue Cross leader did not disclose consulting fees to board.

Bloomington jobs impact unclear from Cigna deal

Express Scripts employs about 1,000 employees and contractors here.

$52B deal for drug benefits giant would make Cigna more like UnitedHealth

The Connecticut-based insurer currently hires UnitedHealth Group for pharmacy benefit management services.

UnitedHealthcare to pass drug rebates to consumers

The insurer says 7 million people in its fully insured plans to qualify for the break.

UCare among 18 insurers facing Medicare penalty

HMO says issue regarding prescription drug coverage has been corrected.

Health insurers in Minnesota spend more on overhead

State report tracks 10-year high in administrative spending by health plans in Minnesota during 2016.

Prescription drug spending declined slightly in 2017

Prime Thera­peutics report is used to track the trend.