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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 8:

A photo of Auditor Dave Yost (left) discusses the bill alongside Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), the chair of the committee hearing the bill.

The state auditor says he wants Medicaid providers to insure that they’ll do the work the state is paying them for by putting up some money to prove it. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports he’s backing a bill that he says will help the state recover money spent on fraudulent payments.

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Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A bill to combat and prevent fraud against senior citizens is being considered by state lawmakers. 

Republican Sen. Steve Wilson says less than 5 percent of the fraud cases against senior citizens are reported. And he says people who might suspect seniors are being ripped off don’t often report it.

“Not only do we lose money from our seniors but we also lose money from our taxpayers because when this fraud is perpetrated, and when a Mrs. Jones loses her life savings, often times Mrs. Jones goes from being private pay within our care community to being on Medicaid.”