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.


MNsure points 16,600 to coverage with COVID-19 crisis

More than 16,000 have applied for insurance since special period began late last month.


Fairview doctors face furloughs as deaths, hospital expenses rise

As the number of Minnesota deaths from COVID-19 grew by two to 24, the pandemic's financial shock became clearer.


Minnesota puts response info online in push to delay surge

See things ranging from ventilator tallies to total unemployment claims on a new online dashboard that state officials say will provide daily updates.


Minnesota health plans tout financial stability to handle COVID-19 costs

Plans covering 2.4 million in state posted about $220 million in operating income last year.


COVID-19 plans shrink health care work for Minn. clinics, hospitals

While preparing for a surge at hospitals, outpatient care centers go dark and workers are told to stay home.


COVID-19 plans weaken Minnesota hospitals' revenue

The shutdown of elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic is cutting the volume of patients.


UnitedHealth Group pledges $50 million in COVID-19 support

UnitedHealth Group said it will provide $50 million to support groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Minnetonka-based health care company said it would work…


Minnesota reports its 5th death from COVID-19; 43 more cases added

Newly declared patients included a 2-year-old as concern grows about the virus' spread in long-term care facilities.


Stay-at-home order now in effect; four Minnesotans dead from virus

Minnesota researchers offered a detailed look at the predictive modeling that influenced Gov. Tim Walz's use of the strategy, saying the move could reduce predicted deaths by up to a third.


Mayo Clinic researchers join quest in getting COVID-19 vaccine on fast track

"I don't think it's likely that one vaccine alone is going to meet all the different needs we have," says Mayo's Dr. Gregory Poland.