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.


Getting a faster go-ahead on medications

Fairview Health Services has shortened the time patients must wait to receive approval for drugs subject to 'prior authorization' requirements from health insurers


Industry study finds income lags for Minnesota's rural hospitals

Hospital trade group says rural medical centers struggle due to low payment rates from government insurance programs.


Study finds GOP health bill shifts costs to older, poorer buyers

The Kaiser study projects significant increases for older people in rural Minnesota and modest savings for some younger people.


TV ads bumped up ACA signups, U study finds

U researchers declined to cite cause-and-effect, but said TV campaign, enrollments overlapped.


Feds investigate insurers' Medicare billing for possible fraud

The disclosure came in a whistleblower case against Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group.


Minn. hospitals don't back GOP health care replacement bill

The trade groups for hospitals, doctors and insurers are concerned by the potential loss of health insurance coverage.


Medica sues Minnesota DHS over public insurance contract

The HMO said it was offered a worse deal than other providers.


New Medica chief charts course in rough waters

Telling Medica's story in the individual market is just one of the challenges facing John Naylor, the new chief executive.


Fairview and UCare won't merge after all

Deal endured delays since the agreement in April.


Mayo spending $217 million on construction in Rochester

The clinic plans to expand and renovate spaces at its St. Marys campus about 1 mile west of Mayo's main site in downtown Rochester.