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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 forecasts growth despite 'price cut' in Medicare Advantage

The Minnetonka-based health care giant expects a profit of more than $24 billion next year on $400 billion in revenue.


Ex-Govs. Pawlenty, Dayton urge Fairview, University of Minnesota to resolve dispute

U's interim president tells state task force it won't be seeking an appropriation for a new East Bank hospital in the coming legislative session.


Fairview tells U it does not want to renew current partnership

The move comes weeks before a Dec. 31 deadline for either party to signal opposition to an auto-renewal of the U-Fairview affiliation after 2026.


HealthPartners plans new Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater

No financial details were provided, but the health system says similar projects cost about $400 million.


Lawsuit accuses UnitedHealth of using faulty AI to deny Medicare patient claims

Minnetonka-based health care giant says there's no merit to the new class action lawsuit, which claims the company is using artificial intelligence to override physician determinations.


Hospitals across Minnesota report more financial stress

Beyond rising labor expenses, one-third of hospitals surveyed said supply and service costs are growing by more than 10%.


Fairview's recent layoffs include significant cut to chaplain program

Workers say staff chaplain layoffs are concentrated at University of Minnesota Medical Center. Fairview says "dozens" will continue meeting patient spiritual needs.


Bright Health fined $1M over alleged denied claims errors, including for newborn care

Nebraska insurance regulators reported thousands of problems with claims processing, including improper denials and late payments to medical providers.


Minnetonka-based Medica names new CEO

Lisa Erickson had been chief financial officer at the health insurer, which has grown through an acquisition and expansion into new states.


Minneapolis-based Fairview is eliminating 250 jobs through layoffs, attrition

Workers are being notified Thursday of cuts driven by financial challenges like those facing many hospitals and clinics.