In his first press conference since taking over the U.S. Health, Education and Welfare Department, Secretary Marion Folsom last week outlined his 1956 agenda. Items:

¶ New legislation for a 25%-30% expansion ($24 million-$29 million) in medical research, which would step up Public Health Service-supported projects in medical schools and hospitals.

¶ A new program of 50-50 federal matching grants for construction to meet the shortage of medical teaching facilities.

¶ Wide expansion of private health-insurance plans for aged and rural people, plus new emphasis on protection for the long-term "catastrophic illnesses" that are not now covered. Reinsurance or pooling...

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