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.


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.


UnitedHealth Group pushes self-collected COVID-19 test

A new COVID-19 test method would let patients swab their own noses for specimens at designated testing sites — an approach that could help with swab shortages and conserve dwindling supplies of protective gear for health care workers.


MNsure routes 1,400 to coverage as COVID-19 spreads

The state insurance exchange and UnitedHealthcare have launched special enrollment periods.


Like patients, Minnesota doctors are frustrated by virus test, supply shortages

Physicians try coping with shortages in tests and supplies.


First Minnesota COVID-19 death is confirmed

The Ramsey County resident who died March 19 was 80 to 89 years old with underlying health issues, according to officials. Nearly a third of the state's counties have been affected.


COVID-19 prompts special MNsure open enrollment

People lacking coverage can sign up beginning March 23.


Minnesota hospitals, clinics limiting visitors to try to limit virus spread

Screening begins at the front door of medical centers.