The State Children's Health Insurance Program
...American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations [AFLCIO], n.d.). The average cost of hospital stays is approximately $10,000, whereas the average asset of uninsured families is $20 (UDHHS, 2011). Their assets, as well as those who belong to the 400% federal poverty level, cannot afford to pay for the price of health care services (UDHHS... ? Health insurance is essential for acquiring the best possible health care without worrying about its potential costs (U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services [UDHHS], 2011). In 1997, approximately 43.4 million people, with more than 10 million children, do not have health care coverage in the United States (Irvine, Zelder, & Esmail, 2002;...