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.


Cyberattack costs growing at UnitedHealth Group, but profit still better than expected

Adjusted earnings in second quarter came in at $4.22 billion, lower than last year.


Protesters say 11 arrested outside UnitedHealthcare HQ in Minnetonka

Critics have held a series of events highlighting what they describe as a pattern of improper coverage denials by the nation's largest health insurer.


How to shop for a health insurance plan in Minnesota

Insurance options can vary considerably depending on age, income, geography, employment status and the market. So don't be afraid to seek help when confronting this complicated decision.


South Dakota-based Sanford Health to merge with Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin

The combined health system would be a large rural health care provider, with 56 hospitals and more than 250 clinics.


University of Minnesota closing nurse practitioner clinic in downtown Minneapolis

The clinic, closing Oct. 31, required more than $3 million in subsidies since opening in Downtown East in 2015.


FTC report slams pharmacy benefit managers, says firms inflate drug costs, squeeze competitors

A trade group for the companies, including two large players based in the Twin Cities, blasted the commission's interim report.


Minnesota wants fixes for Blue Cross plan after alleged contract breach

The state has issued a corrective action plan for the HMO after feds questioned Medicaid payment suspensions and timely fraud reporting.


Minnesota health insurers seek premium hikes for individuals up to 12.75%

The proposed increases are the steepest since 2021 in the individual market. Big jumps could also be on the horizon for small-business coverage.


Allina Health outsources some of its lab work to for-profit company Quest Diagnostics

The deal comes more than a month after the Minneapolis-based nonprofit health system transferred 2,000 workers to Optum.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota operating profit dropped 40% last year

The Eagan-based health insurer saw enrollment decline in its business managing care for Medicaid beneficiaries.