Features November 2020

Local Dad David Luna Goes to Bat for Seniors

Arizona native David Luna grew up the youngest of eight children, watching his parents work the land in order to make a life for his family.

“I always say that the man – the husband, the father, the leader – that stands before you today is because of the inspiration I took from my parents’ work ethic, sense of community and unflinching dedication to each other and to us,” says Luna.

Upon high school graduation, Luna joined the Marine Corps, which took him to Okinawa and the Philippines before he was stationed in Yuma, and married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Yanez. After being honorably discharged from the Marines, Luna would spend the next dozen years as a local police officer, many as a detective working undercover and as a sergeant. He also became a father to three boys: Emilio, Dominic and Davy.

“Being a father has been my greatest joy in life,” says Luna.

Tragedy would strike the Luna  family, however, in 2002 when Davy would pass away at 5-years-old due to a rare form of meningitis he contracted from ingesting poor tap water just days prior. Grief-stricken, the family banded together and worked to heal as best they could. Together with the family of Zachary Stalls, another young child who also contracted the illness from the infected water, they held a golf tournament for over a decade to raise funds for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the kids’ names.

“Over the course of several years, we donated more than $300,000 through the tournament, doing some good where we could for other children,” says Luna.

During this same time, Luna also started doing some good for the older members of the local community as well.

“Spanish is my first language, and when a fellow police officer’s wife needed someone to assist Spanish-speaking clients of an insurance program she was overseeing, I was happy to help,” says Luna. “Helping once turned to twice, then three times. Soon, I realized I had a passion for helping people obtain this kind of service.”

As such, Luna retired from the police department and transitioned into the private sector, selling insurance, eventually specializing in Medicare plans.

“Your grandparents or maybe even parents likely shudder at the mere mention of Medicare, which is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older,” says Luna. “The program does so much good, but figuring out how to navigate the options can sometimes be unnecessarily complicated.”

So complicated, in fact, that Luna and business partners Oded Eran and Michael Scopa recently launched Connie Health, a customized, personal service combining Medicare expertise and local advisors like him with data-driven insights to help individuals make confident and informed decisions about their Medicare options.

“Shopping for Medicare coverage can be complex and overwhelming for many individuals because Medicare offers a multitude of plans by varied insurance companies,” says Luna. “By combining our healthcare expertise with technology-powered tools, personalized local guidance and support, Connie Health’s advisors will work with our communities’ Medicare beneficiaries to ensure they make confident, worry-free decisions around Medicare plans and coverage.”

In addition to providing individuals with guidance on finding the right Medicare coverage for their personal needs, right now via phone, video platforms like Zoom and in-person with proper PPE and social distancing, Luna and his team at Connie Health also offer ongoing support in navigating a range of healthcare choices. These services help consumers get the most out of their plan, optimize prescription costs and find providers in their area.

The service is provided at no cost to consumers. Open enrollment is now through December 7, which is the annual opportunity for seniors to take advantage of the service, both if signing up for the first time or if wanting to make changes to existing coverage.

“Funny enough, though I’ve gotten plenty of intricate insurance questions since launching the business, there is another question I am getting just as often: who is Connie?” says Luna. “Connie is actually my business partner Michael’s grandma. We named it in her honor so we always remember that we started this business so those we love – like Connie – would be taken care of properly.”

The only thing Luna is more proud of than Connie…his kids, of course!

“Dominic is working in telehealth, and Emilio is actually a police officer and happily married to my wonderful daughter-in-law Vanessa, who is currently in nursing school at ASU,” beams Luna, noting Jeanne is also in insurance, making caring for people the family business.

Seems the third generation of Lunas also looked to their parents for inspiration and work ethic, too.

For more information or to get help with you or your family’s Medicare issues for free, visit www.ConnieHealth.com.

Written by: Alison Bailin Batz

Alison Bailin Batz is a freelance writer on interesting people, places, things – as well as all thing travel, food and drink. Her musings can be seen in more than two dozen media outlets across the Southwest. She is also a senior account executive at HMA Public Relations in Phoenix.

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