The bishop directs welfare work in the ward. He has a divine mandate to seek out and care for the poor (see Doctrine and Covenants 84:112). His goal is to help members help themselves and become self-reliant. See General Handbook Sections: 22.2 Welfare Leadership in the Ward and 22.6 Welfare Duties of the Bishopric for guidance and instructions.
Limited medical assistance is available to members of the church in times of need. Please see your Bishop for more information. Bishops can find out more information by clicking on this link: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/help/support/finance/medical-fast-offering?lang=eng