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.


CDC study finds fewer pregnant women receiving COVID vaccine

Health officials say women could be more receptive to immunization with better outreach.


UnitedHealthcare delays policy to stop paying for some ER care

Leading physician and hospital groups spoke out in opposition to the plan to end payments for non-emergency care, which the health insurer said would save money while steering patients to the right site for care.


UnitedHealthcare to stop paying for 'non-emergency' care in ERs

Doctors and hospitals oppose the policy, saying it could harm patients by delaying needed care.


UnitedHealth taps Eli Lilly exec for its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

During Joy Fitzgerald's Eli Lilly tenure, the company earned national recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts.


After COVID losses, widowed young Minnesotans find 'forever friends' online

With the help of an online support group, young widows and widowers are finding ways to forge a sense of community.


Minnesota COVID-19 numbers headed in 'right direction'

Record low "positivity rate" one of many signs of improved pandemic outlook.


Minnesota reports 302 new COVID-19 cases, 16 more deaths

The number of people with at least one vaccine dose nears 3 million.


Vaccine has virus on the run in Minnesota

Amid optimism and relief, officials concerned about unvaccinated populations.


Minnesota reports 343 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.9 million.


'A walking miracle': Pregnant woman's brush with death from COVID-19

Amanda Jackson's doctors say her story shows that they're still learning how best to treat COVID-19 patients.