In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) signs into law an ordinance raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Though California isn't one of them, 27 states have passed laws requiring cities to abide by state minimums. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Cities Raise Minimum Wages, Many States Are Rolling Them Back

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Michael McBrayer tests his blood sugar before eating lunch. He gets supplies he needs to manage diabetes for free as part of a deal between his employer and health insurer. Evan Frost/MPR News hide caption

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Health Insurers Try Paying More Up Front To Pay Less Later

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Association-based health insurance could have a lot of appeal for restaurants and other businesses with younger, healthier workers. Tetra Images/Getty Images/ hide caption

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Half of all the debt that appears on credit reports is related to medical expenses, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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New Rule Clears The Way For More Class-Action Lawsuits Against Banks

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The GOP health bills would eliminate the 10 percent tax on the use of tanning beds. It was one of more than a dozen taxes introduced as part of the Affordable Care Act. Robert Gauthier/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Will My High Premiums Go Down? More Q&A About The GOP Health Plan

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Indea Leo of Lillabee baking hopes that Amazon buying Whole Foods will be good for her business. "We think there is going to be a lot of exciting possibilities of bypassing the shelf altogether and reaching a wider customer base." Linda Winski/Courtesy of Indea Leo hide caption

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The vast majority of contingent or independent workers in the U.S. do not receive employee benefits, though some companies and lawmakers are trying to change that. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

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Pemiscot Memorial, the public hospital in one of Missouri's poorest counties, depends on Medicaid funding to survive, its CEO says. Bram Sable-Smith/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

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Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

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Workers spread "red vanilla" (vanilla that has been treated by special cooking) in the sun to be dried near Sambava, Madagascar, in May 2016. Madagascar, producer of 80 percent of the world's vanilla, has seen huge jumps in the price. It's one of the most labor-intensive foods on Earth. Rijasolo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage

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Shifting messages from the U.S. Congress have left many would-be entrepreneurs, and workers who've recently been laid off, wondering how best to maintain health coverage. Michael Blann/Getty Images hide caption

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