About us

Located in beautiful Austin, Texas. Avila Medicare Solutions is a full-service independent insurance broker dedicated to assisting Medicare beneficiaries with the transition to Medicare and providing guidance on the many plan options and benefit designs. Understanding that Medicare is a process and not a product, our agents are fully licensed, trained and certified to help find the right solutions to meet your needs, offering a bilingual service (in English and Spanish). Call us at 855-GO-AVILA and let us make Medicare easy for you.

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Tony Merwin, Founder, Avila Medicare Solutions

Tony, a fifth-generation Texan and a seventeen-year veteran in the insurance industry, has served in a wide variety of roles and responsibilities including sales and marketing, customer service and quality assurance, as well as recruiting and training.

His career in insurance began with Family Heritage Life in 2004, before entering the senior market with Great American Financial in 2006, where he worked in business development and product distribution for their Medicare and Final Expense Life supplemental products. In 2010, he began advancing his career with Precision Senior 

Marketing, where he still serves as Executive Marketing Director. Also working as an independent agent and broker, Tony has culled his vast experience in sales, marketing, business development, and customer service to form Avila Medicare Solutions, a full-service insurance agency dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries with their transition to Medicare.

Tony, a respected member of the insurance community, is sought after for his extensive knowledge in the Medicare field, having appeared as an interview guest on numerous podcasts, including the 8% Nation Podcast, Everything Medicare Podcast, and StrongLYFE Podcast. In addition to his responsibilities in the insurance industry, in his spare time, Tony enjoys public speaking, barbecuing, salsa dancing, and tournament-level poker and martial arts.

You can contact Tony by email at tony@avilamedicare.com.

Engracia Avila Merwin, President and Managing Agent of Avila Medicare Solutions

Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, Engracia immigrated to the United States in August 2004. With a bachelor’s degree in education and an associate in early childhood development, Engracia has worked primarily as a Spanish translator, Spanish literature teacher, and immersion teacher in Spanish with top accredited schools in both Colombia and the United States, including the Austin Eco-Bilingual School in Austin, Texas, where he served for eight years.

She has proven her worth in her teaching profession and has been requested as the author of numerous articles on behavior development, including in publications such as Más Mujer Austin.

After meeting Tony in 2014, she learned about the many challenges older people face when transitioning  to Medicare and

found the opportunity to use her experience as a smart educator to help Medicare beneficiaries work through this transition. Therefore, a partnership was formed and Avila Medicare Solutions was born with an empathetic devotion to serving the Latino community.

Coming from strong and traditional family roots, with a compassionate heart and a strong desire to serve. Engracia spends time outside of her profession as a volunteer at SafePlace, a SAFE Alliance Group partner, as well as within the local Austin, Texas homeless community. Her hobbies include theater, enjoying nature, cooking authentic Colombian cumin, and dancing salsa.

You can reach Engracia directly at grace@avilamedicare.com.

Manuel S. Rodriguez

As a first-generation American, Manuel understands the experience of growing up in the USA as the child of immigrants in search of a better life. His ultimate hero is his mother, Lucy, who taught him the value of hard-work, perseverance and faith. Manuel earned a scholarship to Rice University, graduating with a degree in Latin American Studies and a certification in Secondary Education.

Manuel served as a high school Spanish teacher and soccer coach for 16 years before transitioning to a new career in insurance, primarily to help seniors. Manuel strives to ensure that seniors live their golden years with peace of mind, educating and advising them on their best options in health and life insurance. Currently, Manuel uses his bilingual skills to 

serve beneficiaries in 32 states. Also, Manuel enjoys volunteering as an advocate for seniors and immigrants in his community.

Manuel is a die-hard Houston Astros fan and is on a mission to visit every MLB ballpark with his son, Michael. Other hobbies include traveling with his fiancée, María, learning to cook his favorite dishes from around the world, jamming to live music and playing Texas Hold’em.

You can write to Manuel at manny@avilamedicare.com.