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Philadelphia just became the first large city in the nation to ban cashless businesses in the city, in part to protect people like Dwight Tindal, a construction worker who doesn't have a bank or credit card. Kimberly Paynter/WHYY hide caption

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Protecting The 'Unbanked' By Banning Cashless Businesses In Philadelphia

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One health insurance startup charges patients extra for procedures not covered by their basic health plan. The out-of-pocket cost for a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy might range from $900 to $3,000 extra, while a lumbar spine fusion could range from $5,000 to $10,000. Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto/Getty Images hide caption

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Ads promise cash in the form of payday loans at an Advance America storefront in Springfield, Va. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking to rescind a proposed rule to safeguard borrowers from payday lenders. Daniella Cheslow/NPR hide caption

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Move To Pull Consumer Protection Rule Heightens Debate Over Payday Lending

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House labor committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., has shepherded through his committee a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 from $7.25 by 2024. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Wendy Chase was elected to the New Hampshire House in November. Her mission to pass paid parental leave was inspired by the decades of care her daughter required after being diagnosed with cancer at age 2. Glenn Chase/Courtesy of Wendy Chase hide caption

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Paid Family Leave Gains Momentum In States As Bipartisan Support Grows

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The proposed legislation aims to reduce patients' costs by beefing up a Texas Department of Insurance program that scrutinizes surprise balance bills greater than $500 from any emergency health care provider. Kameleon007/Getty Images hide caption

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