Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune
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.


UnitedHealthcare gets HMO license in Minnesota

The Minnetonka-based insurer is now the first for-profit HMO in state history.


Mayo Clinic income steady despite health record costs

The state's largest employer slowed down scheduled services during a computer upgrade.


UnitedHealthcare will stop sharing data with research group

The Health Care Cost Institute has helped researchers use data from United and other national health insurers to study spiking insulin costs, hysterectomy trends and the market power of hospitals.


UnitedHealth Group names former Mayo CEO Noseworthy to board of directors

Former Mayo Clinic CEO recently retired after nine years of leadership there.


Blue Cross Blue Shield parent diversifies with asset management

The parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is continuing its push for revenue through diversification.


UnitedHealthcare policy on insulin pumps called 'unacceptable'

A diabetes group say the nation's largest health insurer is limiting insulin pump choices for children.


Eden Prairie-based Optum awarded contracts for veterans health

The seven-year deal comes as the debate continues over the role of private care providers for veterans.


University of Minnesota study finds ACA didn't shrink employer health coverage

The study says Medicaid expansion didn't prompt exodus of employers from health coverage.


Mercy Hospital anesthesiologist Dr. Jeffrey Yue dies at 59

Dr. Jeffrey Yue wasn’t a smoker. Trim and fit in his 50s, Yue was a triathlete whose interests stretched from cycling to hunting and fishing.…


UnitedHealth unit Optum sues over exec's departure to Bezos-Buffett startup

The company alleges former employee took trade secrets to health startup launched by Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon.