All too often, patients are forced to make difficult choices between paying for basic necessities like housing and food and seeking medical care. As a result, they may forego preventive services and postpone needed medical treatment, which compromises their health. Another barrier to seeking timely medical care is lack of understanding of how to navigate the complex health care system. The Patient Assistance Fund provides direct financial assistance—such as for emergency payment of rent and/or utilities, food, transportation—so patients can focus on getting the care they need. The Patient Navigation Program helps patients apply for and receive needed services and resources to meet their needs. The Health Advocates Program helps patients connect with and apply for publicly available support including CalFresh (food stamps), housing, legal assistance, and more.