The Nov. 19 front-page article "Seniors Find Medicare Drug Plan Options Bewildering" exaggerated the problem of sorting out the options.

Medicare has a Web site to help with the job. Visitors to the site enter their personal information and the list of prescription drugs they take.

This produces a ranking, by annual cost, of available policies. Visitors can review many policies, but it becomes obvious that the first page or two of data contain the viable choices. A click on the right column produces a list of nearby pharmacies associated with a particular insurance option.

In my case, the first option was $500 a year cheaper than the second option. The Web site encourages visitors to review the accompanying notes, however, and I quickly learned that the option for the lowest price included the caveat that the insurer had the right to alter the specific drugs and quantities covered. That could mean that instead of the Lipitor prescribed by my physician, I would be switched to Zocor, which is cheaper. I chose the next best option, which assured me access to the specific drugs prescribed for me.

Not all seniors have the computer skills needed to use this Medicare Web site. However, any of the support services of state and local agencies should be able to assist those who need help.

TED JONAS

Alexandria