So today as I was going through the mail from my week away, I discovered we had NOT been denied assistance for the hospital bills (yet), just the clinic-side/doctor bills. We still haven't heard back from the application to the hospital. We were denied assistance from the clinic side of things (aka doctors). It is a complicated system I can't explain here.
Anyway - the clinic bill is still a pretty penny BUT I am holding out hope we will hear a yes for help from the hospital soon. Hope and pray with me.