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The Providence Journal reports on the debate talking place in Rhode Island over the "pharmacy choice" issue.

AARP Rhode Island, the influential senior citizens lobbying group, has joined with Walgreens, Stop & Shop, and Shaw's supermarkets to lobby for legislation that would open existing restricted networks by allowing other pharmacies to participate as long as they agree to pay the network's prices. All three retailers are excluded from a restricted pharmacy network offered by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Blue Cross and its partners argued that restricted networks offer better prices because of higher volume, and that opening up the networks will drive up the cost of health care.

The Rhode Island Senate is considering legislation that would permit the open competition.
KC's View:
We believe in choice. Pure and simple. And it always has been our impression that choice lowers costs, as opposed to raising them.