Medicare: A Comprehensive Guide with Joanne Giardini Russell (Ep.15)

Medicare: A Comprehensive Guide with Joanne Giardini Russell (Ep.15)

After the successful release of “Understanding Medicare: A Guide for Beginners,” Michelle was prompted to ask Joanne Giardini Russell back to the show to provide a deeper look into Medicare.

Let’s gain further knowledge about how to make informed decisions regarding your healthcare and insurance options as Michelle and Joanne discuss: 

  • Recommendations to prepare for Medicare six months before eligibility 
  • Seek professional guidance to avoid common enrollment mistakes
  • The importance of annually reviewing your drug plans
  • Growing concerns surrounding predatory marketing/scams 
  • The Inflation Reduction Act and its impact on pharmaceuticals 
  • And more


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About Joanne Giardini-Russell:

Joanne Giardini-Russell is the owner of Giardini Medicare, an independent agency that provides Medicare products to the public. She and her team of Medicare nerds at Giardini Medicare specialize in the “transition” to the Medicare system. Do you need Medicare? If so, how do you get there in a stress-free and logical fashion? Having spent years in the financial and insurance industries, Joanne recognized an enormous and unfilled niche. Namely, the lack of quality education and assistance in “best practices” in getting yourself into the Medicare system.

She and her team of agents have grown a firm that can help assess the “Do I need Medicare,  how do I get it, how does it work” questions and more. They assist in the transition from the workplace era and into the Medicare years and enroll people in the proper Medicare products. 

Joanne routinely leads Medicare sessions for financial advisors, CPAs, Credit Unions, and the public. Additionally, she often writes Medicare content for publications and websites such as  Advisor Perspectives,, and InsuranceNews.Net. She and Cameron Giardini produce the “Transition to Medicare” Podcast. , He produces the company’s YouTube channel while she handles TikTok. The company website is 

Joanne resides in Michigan with her husband, Jeff. Three of her adult children work with her at Giardini Medicare; creating what they affectionately refer to as the “First Family of Medicare”.  

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