Not sure if this is a good sign or bad sign.

My husband applied for disability in June 2009. He was denied in late November and in the denial papers it said his case was selected for a new process they were trying out where the next step would be a hearing with the ALJ if he were to disagree with the decision made.

We filled out the papers and everything said we would be notified by mail at least 20 days in advance of the hearing. The papers were sent in around the end of December.

He got a call yesterday asking if he could be at the local office on the 25th for his hearing. They said it would only be a judge and someone from vocational rehab in the room with him.

Any advice on what to expect? My stomach is in knots over this, wondering why the call instead of the notice and why so soon. I mean I am glad, but worried.