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.


Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak named chairman of Intel's board

Omar Ishrak is scheduled to retire from the medical device manufacturer in April.


Health care groups pay tax on CEO pay

Three large Minnesota nonprofits collectively paid more than $1.6 million.


UnitedHealth shares rise after Q4 profit beats expectations

UnitedHealth Group's data division and growth in its insurance business for Medicare beneficiaries drove a better-than-expected jump in fourth-quarter profit at Minnesota's largest company.The company's…


Minnesota nonprofit hospitals in tug-of-war with insurers over efforts to rein in costs

Hospitals, insurer clash on "site of service" rules.


Allina partners with Optum on surgery centers

The lower-cost alternatives to hospitals will be part of a partnership with Optum.


Bright Health buying health plan in California

The transaction spotlights the company's push for more Medicare business.


MNsure says health insurance plan signups decline by 5%

Nationwide, fewer turn to public health insurance exchanges in briefer open enrollment.


Renville County Hospital plans to merge with HealthPartners

Renville County Hospital & Clinics in west-central Minnesota is to become part of the Bloomington-based nonprofit in 2020.


Bright Health raises additional $635 million for expansion

Total equity financing for the Minneapolis-based startup health insurer now exceeds $1 billion.


HealthPartners closing home care unit, cutting 70 jobs

About 70 jobs will be cut in HealthPartners' third set of layoffs in six weeks.