Late Friday the Department of Insurance denied the Connecticut State Medical Society’s (CSMS) request to intervene as a party in Wednesday’s public hearing on Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s proposed rate increase.

Today, CSMS said it has asked the Insurance Department to reconsider the decision.

“CSMS will not stand by and let insurers steamroll patients. David shouldn’t have to fight Goliath alone,” said the organization’s executive vice president, Matthew C. Katz. In the statement, CSMS, the state’s largest physician’s organization, also strongly criticized the Insurance Department for appearing to advocate for insurance companies rather than citizens, something they are hoping will change after the Malloy administration takes office in January.

“It’s high time that the pens and cups that cover staff desks and the signs in the bathrooms at DOI stopped carrying health insurance company logos,” the statement said.