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.


Fairview adds executives following merger with HealthEast

The Minneapolis-based health system announced three new executives and eight new board members.


Medica buying Mayo Clinic division

Deal creates flexibility for both companies.


UnitedHealth names new CEO; Hemsley will become chairman

The nation's largest health insurer, based in Minnetonka, will get new leadership as Stephen Hemsley moves into the role of executive chairman and is replaced by Dave Wichmann.


Health insurers seek higher rates for Minnesota small businesses

Small business health plans in Minnesota could be facing double-digit premium increases next year, with some insurers saying that enrollees are consuming more care just as medical costs are rising. The number of those potentially affected by proposed increases is about 160,000.


Growth in Twin Cities health insurance premiums among slowest in U.S.

People who buy individual health insurance policies could be facing some of the lowest premium increases in the country next year, a new study finds.


Owatonna-based Federated to exit health insurance business

The Owatonna-based insurer sells health coverage to employer groups in Minnesota and 22 other states.


MNsure sign-up period will stretch into January

Timeline is tighter than past enrollments, looser than HealthCare.gov.


Reinsurance may keep MNsure choices, but few will see premium drops

MNsure customers would benefit from "reinsurance" just as rebates go away.


North Memorial expands primary care network

The Robbinsdale-based health system purchased this week a practice with three north metro locations.


Children's Minnesota CFO, vocal in Blue Cross dispute, steps down

The state's largest pediatric hospital did not say why Todd Ostendorf stepped down on July 28.