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Harmonizing Health: BHS and Grouper Join Forces!

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The Barbershop Harmony Society is thrilled to announce a partnership that will make your membership experience even more harmonious.

Grouper, a radically beneficial new form of healthcare, has teamed up with the Barbershop Harmony Society to help cover a portion of annual membership dues, for U.S. members aged 65+ who have Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans. On the surface it’s simple - you get covered for having fun with friends. But it’s more than that. BHS and Grouper are encouraging healthy living through activities that build meaningful social connections and shared experiences. Picture this: singing in harmony with friends and getting rewarded for it! Yes, you heard it right—Grouper is here to support your passion for barbershop singing while keeping your health in tune.

How Grouper Works for You:

Wondering how this collaboration can benefit you? It's simple! Grouper partners with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans to help cover a part of your Barbershop Harmony Society membership dues. This means you get paid for having fun and pursuing your love for harmonizing with fellow barbershoppers.

Easy as 1-2-3: Signing Up with Grouper:

Getting started with Grouper is a breeze! Head over to, and in just five minutes, you can sign up and check if your current health plan includes the Grouper benefit. You will need to provide:

  • Basic contact information
  • Your Barbershop Harmony Society Membership Number
  • Your health plan details (subscriber ID #, etc.)- so have your insurance card handy!
  • Average monthly barbershop activities in the past 6 months (ie attending rehearsals, performing, etc.)

One complete, you will be on your way to discovering if Grouper can send you a check to help with your dues.

Why Should You Enroll?

Besides the obvious perk of getting help with your membership dues, there's more in store for you. By joining Grouper, you become part of a community that values not just the joy of singing but also the health benefits that come with it. We're talking about 'Social Fitness'—a concept backed by studies that show how participating in activities like barbershop singing positively impacts your mind, body, and social life.

Once you've confirmed your eligibility, get ready for the good stuff! Grouper will send you a yearly check to help cover a portion of your Barbershop Harmony Society membership dues. It's a sweet melody of support for your passion.

Stay Active, Reap the Rewards:

Being active in Barbershop activities means more benefits. Grouper encourages you to stay engaged in chorus and quartet rehearsals, performances, competitions, member events, and community outreach. The more involved you are, the easier it is for Grouper to send you a yearly check as long as your plan continues to include the benefit.

Let the Harmony Begin!

So, there you have it—the perfect blend of music and health benefits. Grouper and the Barbershop Harmony Society are harmonizing to bring you something special. Sign up now, check your eligibility, and let the harmonious journey of Grouper helping cover your dues begin! Sing on, barbershoppers!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

We know you might have questions, and we've got you covered. View the FAQs below, or visit or reach out to Grouper's friendly Member Engagement Team at (833) 519-1050 or We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the most of this exciting collaboration.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some of the common questions we get about the Grouper social benefit. If you have something not listed below, Grouper's friendly Member Engagement Team is here to help. Give them a call at (833) 519-1050 or email them at

What is Grouper and how does it work?

Grouper is your gateway to vibrant social connections. Seamlessly working with health plans to cover a portion of membership dues, ensuring you can unlock the benefits of 'Social Fitness,' contributing to improved mental, physical, and social well-being.

Why did the Barbershop Harmony Society partner with Grouper?

This partnership allows Grouper to help cover annual membership dues for all active Barbershoppers over 65 years old. This is possible through partnerships with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, unlocking fresh avenues for us to engage and add value to both present and new members.

How do I get started?

The entire registration process should take 5 minutes. Sign up online at with your health plan details and The Barbershop Harmony Society Membership Number. Grouper will let you know via email that they received and are processing your information.

Are there any restrictions to being eligible?

Eligible members must have a Medicare Advantage or Supplement plan. Those plans are only available to United States citizens aged 65 and over.

What do I need to see if I’m eligible?

  • Basic contact information (Name, Phone, Email, Zip Code)

  • Health plan information

  • BHS member number

  • Average monthly activities in the past 6 months

Is my privacy protected?

Yes. Your information is not sold. Grouper will only share your information as needed for the purposes of administering your health benefit. For further information, see Grouper’s Privacy Policy.

How do I get a portion of my membership dues covered?

Getting a portion of your membership dues covered with Grouper is simple. Just sign up at, check eligibility with your health plan using your ID and membership number, and once confirmed, Grouper will send you a check for $100 to help cover your Barbershop Harmony Society membership dues. Stay active, and you'll continue receiving this benefit every year!

How do I prove I am an active Barbershop Harmony Society member?

As a social activity benefit manager Grouper's primary objective is to get, and keep, people active. On a monthly basis Grouper will send you an email regarding participation in Barbershopper activities. Grouper will use your answers to report activity data to your health plan. It is critical that you record participation to ensure that together we can maximize the benefits of participation and ensure continued eligibility.

How long does it take to see if my plan is eligible?

After you sign up, the Grouper team reviews your health plan and The Barbershop Harmony Society membership status. Within 3-5 business days, expect an email notifying you of the eligibility status for this benefit.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Signing up takes less than 5 minutes by going online to with your membership number and health plan ID.

Where can I find my Membership Number?

You can find your BHS membership number a number of ways:

  • Membership Card

  • In Member Center

  • Contact customer service at

What happens after my eligibility is confirmed?

Grouper will contact you via email to verify your membership dues and mailing address for the issuance of your check. The check will be issued for a portion of your membership dues to the Barbershop Harmony Society, regardless of the last payment date.

What if my plan is not eligible?

Grouper is actively expanding its network of healthcare providers that offer the Grouper benefit. They will keep you updated via email if your specific plan is added.

How long does it take to receive my check?

It can take up to 45 days to receive your check via mail after you have completed the attestation form that Grouper will send via email. If you have not received this, please check your spam folder.

Does Grouper only cover a portion of my dues one time?

No, Grouper can cover a portion of your membership once a year, every year, as long as your health plan includes the Grouper benefit and you are an active member of The Barbershop Harmony Society.

I pay my BHS monthly. Am I still eligible?

Yes- Grouper will send you one check for $100.00 that you can use towards your monthly payments.

I am a 50+year member. Am I eligible?

Yes- you are still eligible to receive a $100.00 check! You can apply your $100.00 check towards your chapter dues, if applicable.

What type of events qualify as activities?

Here is a list of some of those activities that qualify:

  • Chorus and Quartet rehearsals

  • Performances

  • Competitions

  • Member events

  • Hosting community performances and workshops

  • Attending society conventions for shared experiences

What if I don’t report any activities?

If you do not report any activity and request a renewal payment, Grouper will contact you to confirm your continued activity and engagement over the last 6 months. If you have no activity to report, you will not be reimbursed for your renewal dues.

This sounds too good to be true, what’s the catch?

Grouper believes in the power of social connection and has teamed up with insurance providers who believe the same. The Barbershop Harmony Society has been proven to help active adults live longer lives through all three determinants of health: physical, social and mental activity. As long as you remain active, they will help cover your yearly membership costs.

What is in it for the The Barbershop Harmony Society?

This is a Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plan benefit. The primary benefit to the The Barbershop Harmony Society is having the organization recognized as a healthy social outlet for people 65+. Financially there is a small marketing sponsorship to cover the cost of advertising this benefit. Outside of that, the full financial benefit goes to the The Barbershop Harmony Society member, which in return makes membership in BHS more accessible to people.

Wait, who is Element3 Health?

Element3 Health is the prior name that has evolved into Grouper. This transition helps align Grouper's name with its mission: fostering long and joyful lives through meaningful connections. The change reiterates their dedication to guiding others in realizing the transformative impact of group interactions on overall well-being.

Who do I contact if I need help signing up or have questions?

The friendly Member Engagement Team at Grouper is here to help! Give them a call at (833) 519-1050 or email them at