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.


University of Minnesota leads work group on infectious dose of COVID-19

Data from animal studies and evidence from other viruses could provide important clues, the U's Michael Osterholm said.


Minnesota reports 4 deaths, surge of COVID-19 cases

The state reported one of its biggest tallies in new cases since May.


CDC study reinforces COVID-19 cautions with pregnancy

As more young people test positive for COVID-19, doctors are reiterating the importance of social distancing for a subset of younger Minnesotans — expectant mothers.…


HealthPartners eliminating at least 200 jobs as it closes clinics

The cuts come as the health system cites financial challenges with COVID-19.


Walz is urged to mandate masks in Minnesota in COVID-19 fight

State health officials say evidence is mounting that masks make a difference in slowing COVID-19 spread.


HealthPartners closing 7 clinics with COVID-19 changes

The pandemic has shifted many visits from clinics to online health care.


Nonprofit that helped lead efforts on health reform to close

In the 1990s, employers across the country followed the group's pioneering health insurance program where employees shopped for care based on cost and quality. More recent work promoted better care at clinics and enhanced mental health benefits.


Mankato bar owner defends efforts to avoid spread of COVID-19

Steve Wegman, owner of the 507, said he's invested in masks, gloves and cleaning supplies and taken many other steps to protect the health and safety of both customers and employees since Minnesota bars and restaurants reopened at limited capacity this month.


Number of hospitalized Minn. virus patients falls significantly

Six more people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota as new test results pushed the number of confirmed cases statewide to more than 35,000. Daily tallies for hospitalized patients have been trending down in recent weeks.


Mayo Clinic ending COVID-19 pay cuts, furloughs as business picks up

Revenue has rebounded after restrictions on elective procedures were lifted.